Free Music Downloads

In the past few months, I've been building up my CD collection by downloading live concerts from various sites. Not by using any of the peer-to-peer networks, but by going directly to the source.

Many radio stations now webcast their broadcasts, some even leave them archived, either permanently or for a week. Audiophiles will say that webcasts are not as good as can be, and they're probably right. My ears are too far gone to tell.

Here are a few of my favorite sources, with comments on what you're likely to find where.

For recording, I use Total Recorder from High Criteria. At $11.95, you'll be ahead with the first CD you don't have to buy. Mac users tell me that Audio Hijack from Rogue Amoeba is good.

My main interest is live concerts of classical music, but most of these sites provide links to a variety of genres.

Happy listening! If you have another favorite source for streaming or archived audio (any genre), e-mail me at and I'll add it to the list.
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