"songs are not copyright. songs are emotions."
- terry mcbride, ceo & founder, nettwerk music
we live in a world that believes music should be free. we're already paying $250 for an ipod - why should we pay for the music to fill it, right? well to each their own, but i like to pay for my music. maybe it's because i know too many struggling musicians or maybe it's something a little closer to a moral high ground. itunes may look like the majority shareholder* of the corporation otherwise known as my monthly credit card bill ($0.99, $0.99, $1.29, etc.), but i like free music too. so here are a few free & legal song downloads to spice up your music library...
it's almost like levi's peeked into my itunes and created a collection of free songs from a handful of my favourite musicians. they've dubbed this project the 2010 revival recordings, and each artist has recorded a cover of a classic song that inspired their music. to download, just click on the artists and register your name and e-mail address and receive the download links in your inbox.
available now: the swell season / colbie caillat / she & him
nas / the shins / dirty projectors / bomba estereo / jason mraz
coming soon: rachael saadiq / the kills
john legend & the roots / passion pit
a branch of aol music, spinner canada is a great website for free legal downloads that i've included once before. the site recently released a collection of free mp3s from artists who played this year's bonnaroo festival, including dr dog, lissie, phoenix, local natives, angus & julia stone, the xx and more.
*speaking of shareholders, it would probably be smart to buy apple stock with the amount i already give them. or i could just put that money towards the new weepies, janelle monae and jamie lidell albums. hmm... financial responsibility - another topic for another day.