How to download songs for free

How to download songs for free

It's safe to say that music is a part of anyone's life. Whether you play YouTube music videos while you're working or listen to an online radio station, there's a chance you might find a new favorite track. Fortunately, there are countless websites and desktop applications that enable you to acquire and download songs on your Windows PC for later playback. Some also provide you with solutions for finding new music and support independent artists.

A good example comes from digital music services like Spotify. You can use this service to find new songs, follow your favorite music artists and buy their latest albums, create playlists, and so much more. Spotify also enables you to download music tracks, but, as it was mentioned in the previous article, you need a certain subscription type.

Luckily, there are countless free solutions for downloading new music on your Windows PC. In this guide, I will show you how to use several desktop applications to download your favorite YouTube music, fetch tracks legally from multiple websites, and record songs from streams.

Tutorial assets

You will need to download the following software to follow along with this tutorial.

Download YouTube music

There are many websites that provide you with unlimited amounts of free music tracks, like Free Music Archive. However, they mostly give you access to songs from independent artists or people who simply don't intend on selling their work. Unlike the aforementioned service, YouTube has always been a great source for new songs and music-related podcasts. Over the years, dozens of YouTube downloaders were created to help you fetch your favorite music and play it later on your computer or your media gadget. A good example comes from the 4k Video Downloader app. This YouTube audio downloader enables you to extract the audio content from your favorite music videos and save it in your local directories for later playback. You can use the application to download YouTube videos and convert them to the MP3 format, a format that's compatible with almost any media player or gadget on the market. Here's what you need to do in order to download YouTube music with this app:

Step 1

Launch the app on your PC. Copy the URL of the YouTube clip you wish to download to your clipboard.

4k Video Downloader Main Window4k Video Downloader Main Window

Step 2

Click the "Paste Link" button from the app's main toolbar and wait for the program to analyze the URL.

Step 3

Select the "Extract Audio" option and configure the output settings according to your needs (choose the preferred output format, quality level, and destination folder). Click the "Extract" button.

Configuring Output Settings In 4k Video DownloaderConfiguring Output Settings In 4k Video Downloader

Optional: By paying an affordable price, you can unlock the app's ability to download an entire list of songs from YouTube along with their correspondent subtitles.

However, keep in mind that downloading content from the YouTube website without having video owner's permission is, as its terms of service clearly stipulate, completely illegal. You might face hefty fines and even imprisonment depending on the degree of the felony.

Download free music legally

Another popular music sharing service is Jamendo. Its goal is to connect music lovers with independent artists from around the world, allowing users to download music for free. It's completely legal as long as you don't use the downloaded material for commercial purposes, such as selling the music without having the owner's permission. Like the aforementioned YouTube MP3 downloader, Jamendo's desktop tool allows you to download MP3 files for free and with just a few clicks.

It isn't worth working with other desktop apps, like LimeWire or qBittorrent, for downloading free music from the Jamendo website. The default program from the aforementioned music service works perfectly and provides you with quality output files within moments. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1

Launch the program on your PC.

Jamendo App Main WindowJamendo App Main Window

Step 2

Use the built-in search tool to immediately find the Jamendo music track you need. Select the song you wish to download and click the "Play" button.

Step 3

On the bottom side of the interface, you will see a "Download" button. Click the button and wait for the program to complete the given task. The downloaded songs are saved as MP3 files.

Downloading Music In Jamendo AppDownloading Music In Jamendo App

In my opinion, this application is one of the best music downloaders for Windows PC. Jamendo is great source of material when it comes to finding songs from various independent artists, no matter their music genre. Personally, I'm a big fan of this service and definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking for new favorite tracks.

Record music from streams

An alternative to downloading MP3 music on your Windows PC is to use a desktop utility for capturing streaming audio content. So, instead of downloading songs from various websites, you can use a third-party program for recording any sound that's coming from your default web browser. Aktiv MP3 Recorder is one of the best streaming audio recorders that helps you easily complete the aforementioned task. It enables you to record Internet radio shows and the newest songs that are currently being played in your default web browser. You can download the app for free and use it for as long as you like, without paying a dime. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1

Launch the program on your PC.

Aktiv MP3 Recorder Main WindowAktiv MP3 Recorder Main Window

Step 2

Configure the output settings according to your needs (set destination folder, choose output format, etc.).

Step 3

Start playing the song or streaming the radio show in question and click the "Record" button from the app's interface.

The program also provides you with the ability to schedule audio recordings, keeps a log with previous tasks, and gives you access to a comprehensive help manual. Plus, it supports various output formats and offers you quality audio files.

Aktiv MP3 Recorder SchedulerAktiv MP3 Recorder Scheduler


There are far more solutions for downloading music for free on your Windows PC. The aforementioned applications are among the best song downloaders and provide you with quality output files in no time. So, choose the best solution based on your needs and you can immediately start playing your favorite songs in your default media player.

Alternative downloads

  • Amazon Music Amazon Music Amazon Music provides tens of millions of songs with new releases from today's most popular artists. FREE DOWNLOAD
  • BeatStar BeatStar BeatStar finds and plays Internet radio via mouse click - no running costs. $10 DOWNLOAD
  • Sound Recorder
Professional Sound Recorder Professional Sound Recorder Professional makes your PC a professional sound recording and audio recording studio in the way of recording your voice... $29.95 DOWNLOAD
  • Spotify Spotify Platform that gives you instant access to millions of songs. FREE DOWNLOAD