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Everyone would like to get a universal means to get quality music for free and without much hassle. In the era of the Internet and digital audio, there are dozens of tricky ways to save free music onto PC. One may convert YouTube music videos to MP3 format, download music albums from torrents or music hosting websites, find free audio tracks on iTunes and Amazon, etc. Leaving aside the legal issues of these methods, I’d like to show you the most efficient ways how to download music off the Internet absolutely free of charge.

1. Last.fm

last.fm

Last.fm is one of the largest music websites with millions of songs to choose from. It lets you listen to your favorite artists/bands and also download their songs for offline collection. Many tracks are available for free download on the website itself. Moreover, there are several utilities which assist with MP3 ripping from Last.fm, e.g. Free MusicZilla. The download method is simple: just run the tool, sign in at Last.fm and play the audio tracks you want to save, then choose the grabbed music and click “Download” button. Recommended for music fans who spend countless hours at Last.fm.

2. Free MP3jam

mp3jam

MP3jam is a new software for Windows which lets users to download music from YouTube free and fast. The main pleasure of this tool is that it has built-in search, so you don’t need to go to YouTube and copy-paste the links. Just type the title of a song, artist, album and download free music. There’s also a nice option of music sharing on Facebook and Twitter – just click the button and your friends will know about your music tastes.

3. Video2MP3.net

video2mp3.net

This is a popular online service offering users an easy way to convert YouTube videos to MP3 format. To function well, this online downloader needs Java applet or a special Firefox extension. The only negative thing about this method is the annoying ads. If you don’t like to install PC software, then this is the perfect tool for you to get free music off the Internet.

4. Freemake Video Downloader

freemake

This is a nice Windows tool for downloading videos and MP3s from YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and other video streaming websites. The software has an intuitive interface and provides fast video and MP3 downloads due to its multistream ripping technology. It’s also possible to download YouTube playlists, channels, charts, user favorites, etc. The software works via link copy-paste or browser plugin for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

5. Browser addons

Addons

Modern browsers allow users to install different extensions to rip music online. The most popular are VideoDownload Helper, Easy YouTube Video Downloader and YouTube to Mp3. They all are very handy but most of them are for Firefox only, as Google has a very strict policy concerning YouTube downloading apps. The developers of these addons are either small companies or just software enthusiasts, so the extensions are rarely updated. Still for an occasional use, that’s exactly what is needed.

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Posted by Rita Fridman

Rita is a software enthusiast and freelance blogger. She loves writing about popular apps and programs making our lives easier. Her recent contribution was for MP3 download software.

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