Download Music to a Public PC

Activity

One of the more popular things our customers do on our public PCs is download free music and transfer it to their mp3 players, iPods, etc. For this activity, you will use our public access computers (please do it when your location is either not too busy, or not yet open!), download free music, and transfer it to a device.

What do I need to do?

Find free music on the web. There are a number of sites that offer free, legal music downloads, including:

  • Amazon.com - Go to the MP3 store and look for their “Free Music from Rising Artists” – every month, Amazon offers around 10 free downloads from new artists.
  • Epitonic - Mostly indie rock & dance, but thousands of tracks.
  • Google Music - Offers a free song every day, all different genres of music. Scroll down to “Free Song of the Day.”
  • Internet Archive - Over 200,000 recordings, from old-timey radio shows to Grateful Dead bootlegs.
  • iTunes: (available on your computer) - Offers at least 5 free tracks every week, from many different musical genres. Click on iTunes Store in the sidebar, then scroll down to the Free on iTunes.
  • Jamendo - User-created music, mostly electronica and techno from Europe.
  • Last.fm Mostly streaming, but many independent and smaller artists offer free downloads.
  • Pure Volume - Mostly indie and alt rock.
  • RCRD LBL - Mostly hipster dance & indie rock.
  • Soundcloud - User-produced music, a lot available for download. A lot of great club music and hip-hop.
  • Spinner - AOL’s music service (weird, right?), mostly indie rock and hip-hop. Click on “MP3 of the Day."

How do I receive credit?

  1. Download a song to a public computer
  2. Use iTunes or Windows Media Player to transfer the song to a device
  3. Take a screenshot of your computer and send it to moc.liamg|gninraellpd#moc.liamg|gninraellpd with your name and "Public PC Music" in the Subject line

Resources

  • Screenshot tutorials:
  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. iPhone/iPad
  4. Android (less consistent)
  • See above for list of free music sites
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