A Legal and Ethical Way to Find Free Music on the Web
Sites like Mixtape.me are not violating copyright laws because all they do is scour the Internet and make available a link to material that is already online.
Free music. No telling how many times the words free music have been typed into Google search boxes by people all over the world. And because of Web sites like Pitchfork, Muziic and Last FM, to name just a few, and much to the displeasure of ASCAP and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the recording industry in general, free music is increasingly becoming something that Internet users take for granted.
I'm not talking about p2p (peer-to-peer) sites like Napster, which was shut down by a court order in 2001, or FrostWire or BitTorrent or the host other file sharing sites all of which in my estimation are allowing unethical access to copyrighted material which I, and I believe a majority of people, feel ought to be illegal. No, I'm talking about sites that aren't p2p like the first three I mentioned as well as sites like Playlist.com, Pandora and Grooveshark. Most people, myself included, believe that these sites are not violating copyright laws because all they do is scour the Internet and make available a link to material that is already online.
Of all the, what I consider to be legal and ethical, free music sites by far the coolest and the best is a site created by Adam Pash, the Editor-in-Chief of the hugely popular Tech site Lifehacker. A couple of years ago Adam created and put up Mixtape.me and he's been working to perfect it ever since.
I've enbedded a short playlist of songs I recently made on Mixtape.me that you'll see at the top of this text box. Why don't you double-click on one of the songs while you finish reading this article about how to use Mixtape.me to legally listen to and share free music on the Web.