Where to Download Free Movie Soundtracks
By Daniel Westlake
A movie soundtrack is one of the most important parts of a film, yet few people know how or where to download them. You can buy tracks at iTunes or AmazonMP3. However, there are a number of online sites where you can download that amazing movie soundtrack you heard in that film the other day. All you need to do is identify the movie, the composer and check out one of these sites.
An extensive database that goes beyond the opening theme song, the song over the credits or the tune all the characters dance to--it features the less notable numbers from a film that only real fans will recognize. With more then 45,000 titles to choose from, SoundtrackCollector.com is for the serious musician and soundtrack enthusiast who is truly a fan of composers and the often brilliant and underappreciated work they do for every film.
With what may be the biggest database of movie soundtracks online, ArtistDirect.com provides most of these downloads for free (with a fee that must be paid for access to others). However, most of the soundtracks that are the easiest to find are mainstream pop songs that have been purchased for the soundtrack, not necessarily from composers who have done movie scores. Keep this in mind if you are looking for something reasonably obscure.
Last.fm seems to have most music tracks in its database--the challenge comes with finding those tracks. If you're going to use Last.fm to track down these free soundtracks, have all the keyword information available to locate them. Some of the titles are listed by film, some are listed by composer and others are just listed by title. Don't be discouraged if you can't find it initially--or just use one of the other sites listed above.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Daniel Westlake has written under pen names for a myriad of publications all over the nation, ranging from national magazines to local papers. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. but regularly travels around the country and abroad, exploring and experiencing everything he can.