The internet is ripe with literally millions of websites that offer free information and media, including music, books, photos, and other media. The important component is deciphering which are legal (including creative commons) and which are not. When looking for free music, books, and photos online, it’s important to be sure you are following all media download laws, as well as any creative commons guidelines.
Free Music Online
Music can be found online for free legally if you just know where to look. Music download services like iTunes and Amazon.com occasionally offer free songs and singles for a short period of time, sometimes only for a day. To find out when iTunes and Amazon are offering free music downloads, visit:
There are also websites that offer free open creative commons music, as well as free streaming music. Sometimes on-demand streaming music services are just as good as having the songs in your own music library, as you can search and play for music on demand, as well as create your own playlists. Here are some more recommended free music websites:
- Spotify – you have to download a free program to use Spotify
- Grooveshark – can stream online
- Free Music Archive – download free music
Free Books Online
Many older books (from the 1800s and 1900s) are offered for free on these sites listed below. Additionally, the Amazon Kindle store also occasionally offers books for free, in the same way they offer music. PDF e-books can also be read on Kindles and iPads, as well as smartphones that have the free Kindle app.
- Project Gutenberg – Over 39,000 free e-books for download
- Free e-books – offers books from new and upcoming authors
- Free Amazon Kindle books
You can also use free book trading services to trade books with other users. All you have to pay for is shipping. Sites include:
Free Stock Photos Online
If you need stock photos or clip art for your blog, website, marketing campaign materials, or other purpose, there are several sites that offer free clip art and stock images. These photos are often high-quality and just as usable as the paid stock image sites like Shutterstock.com.
- Microsoft Office Images
- Free Original Clipart
- Open Clipart Library
- Stock.xchng – free stock images, some users do require attribution
- everystockphoto –great free stock photo search
- FotoSearch – free stock photo image search
These are just some of the millions of resources available for free music, books, and photos online. Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!