I love music – especially learning about new bands and artists. I used to spend hours looking, listening and downloading on iTunes, but at 99 cents+/- a track, it became an expensive hobby.
Since I’ve made the sacrifice to stay home, music is just something we no longer can justify purchasing. Thankfully, I find plenty of ways to keep my playlists fresh thanks to these 5 tricks:
1. Download free music on Amazon. There are gobs of free albums on Amazon – you just have to do a little digging. Also, currently the site is offering an easy way to get a $2 credit – just enter the code: FALLMP3S (I was able to get two new songs by Adele and LMFAO this way). Visit here to learn more. (These MP3’s easily transfer to iTunes – just check your recently added list).
2. Click on iTunes freebies. Simply open up your iTunes and click on the ‘Free on iTunes’ heading under the quick links on the right side. Songs/artists rotate, so be sure to check back often. I just scored a beautiful new Tori Amos song for free – she’s one of my favorite singers, so I was pumped!
3. Check out Spin Magazine’s monthly playlist. Each month, Spin comes out with a new list of free iTunes tracks. You’ll just need to pop in a code, and iTunes will automatically download it for you. Visit here for more information. (And a shout out to Being Cheap Is Easy for bringing this to my attention a few months back!)
4. Visit your neighborhood library. Yet another reason to stop into your community’s library…do you know how many awesome CD’s these places have?! Check ‘em out and I’ll bet you’ll be surprised by what musical treasures you’ll find.
5. Try Spotify. OK, you can’t keep the music per-say, but you can listen to it everyday if you’d like. The new service has been sweeping the U.S. after much success in Europe. Make a custom playlist or just listen to whatever one-off song you’d like by a quick search. See here to learn more.
How do you find and download new music?