Back in 2009, the Free Music Archive was founded as a place where artists could share their music, and listeners could download songs legally. Now, it’s shutting down—so now’s the time to download any tunes off the service you’d like to have in your own personal library.
If you’re not familiar, The Free Music Archive describes itself as “an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.”
The music service is currently set to close its virtual doors on November 16th, according to The Verge.
However, it’s in talks with four organisations that are interested in taking the project over, so that shutdown may or may not actually happen. If it does happen, the hope is that by staying up longer the site will be able to back its collection up on archive.org and the Wayback Machine.
Those backups will enable you to access the music that’s in the archive now, but that collection won’t be updated.
Music on the site spans from everything from blues and jazz to electronica and hip hop. You’re not going to find a lot of Top 40 on the site, but you can come across some great songs, and they’re free. It’s definitely worth at least taking a look before it’s all gone.