Open Source Music Finds Free Tunes On the Web

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 07, 2010

We talk a lot about music players at OStatic, but not so much about where to find open source music. One of the best sites we know of is the aptly named Open Source Music for nabbing free, unrestricted tunes of all kinds.

It's hard not to appreciate a web site whose tag line is, "Music is the first open source programming language. Learn from it." Open Source Music is the go-to site for locating all sorts of music in the public domain from greats like Billie Holiday, Chuck Berry, and Big Bill Broonzy, to artists you've probably never heard of -- but should.

Open Source Music will also lead you to contemporary music that includes New Age, Ska, and Indie Rock. The team beind the Web site makes regular podcasts of music they enjoy. Be sure to also check out the with-permission rebroadcasts of the populr radio show "Selvin on the City," that features interviews wtih big name entertainers like Steve Miller and Sammay Hagar.

One drawback to Open Source Music is that it's largely American and British tunes. If you're looking for specifically ethnic music, you may not find what you want here. Where do you find open source music on the Web? Let us know in the comments.

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