It’s Friday morning. The weekend is so near, and yet so far. You stare at the JD in your coffee mug and wonder how you’re gonna make it through the day. You need some new tunes to kick-start your brain, but you’ve got 39 cents in your pocket and that settlement check won’t hit your bank account until Monday. Relax. Help is on the way – from Amazon.
You may already know that Amazon.com has one of the largest selections of MP3 music on the Web, with 13 million songs available, and more than a million albums from all of your favorite artists. But did you know that many of their downloads are available for free?
Just a quick check this morning revealed thousands of songs available absolutely free from Amazon MP3, including top artists like Death Cab For Cutie, Ziggy Marley and Alice Cooper.
All of the songs available for download from Amazon are in MP3 format and are DRM-free, so you can play them in any music program and on any MP3 device (including the iPod). You can also burn them out to disc, play them on all your computers, and transfer them to all your devices. The files are encoded at 256 kbps, which means you get high quality audio with a file size that’s still manageable.
It’s easy to find the music you want at Amazon too. Browse by price or genre from the MP3 homepage, take a look at the current top downloads or new releases, or look for songs, albums or artists using the search box at the top of any Amazon MP3 page. You can listen to 30-second samples of songs by clicking the “play” button next to a song title, or hear all of the samples from any album or song list by clicking the “preview all” button.
Amazon’s MP3 Downloader software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It allows you to download entire albums with one click and automatically adds them to iTunes or Windows Media Player.
Most songs are between $0.89 and $0.99, and most albums are between $5.99 and $9.99 – but you came here for the free ones, right?
Here they are. The list is updated almost every day, so bookmark this link so you can find it later.
Now, time to crawl back into that coffee mug…