How to Legally Download Free Music to a Mac

by Contributor

After several major music companies sued Napster, it became increasingly difficult to legally download free music onto a Mac or any computer. People were afraid of going to jail and rightfully so. Music companies sent the world a message through their lawsuit with Napster. Things have calmed down through the years. Now you can download a limited amount of free music from some sites, including iTunes. These music sites run promotions or give limited free downloads to musicians or are up and coming.

1

Launch iTunes. If you don’t have it yet, go to the iTunes website and download and install the application (see Resources).

2

Click on "iTunes Store." You will find it on the side bar.

3

Use the search box at the upper-right corner of the page. Type “free music” into the search box and press “Enter.”

4

There will be a limited number of free songs for you to download. Click "Free" or "Download."

5

Check your iTunes library to make sure the download to your Mac was successful.

Tips

  • check Another way to get free music is to visit AOL Music and MySpace Music. Both offer free music to their Internet surfers and members.
  • check There are many music websites where you pay for each download. These include Rhapsody.com and Google Play. These sites often offer deals where when you register, you get a certain number of free songs. These sites also offer "Songs of the Day," where you can download a particular song for free.

Warning

  • close Be sure that the words "FREE" are under the PRICE title or you will end up paying for music listed in the wrong area.