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The emphasis on this thread is on "Tools" for Music Search & Conversion. We have an entirely different thread devoted to the - "Comprehensive List Of Free Music Websites".

Ok, here we go:

Use Gracenote for accurate information

Before you start your search for music, it might be a good idea to plug the song, artist, or album into Gracenote to make sure you get the right information you are looking for. Gracenote's technology is used by ITunes and other large platforms for accuracy.

But if you aren't sure what you are looking for, you might want to plug in some info and search in one of the following websites:

Discogs - a community built data base

Amazon Music, Wikipedia, AllMusic or one of the search engines (Google, Ask, Dogpile, etc) to narrow your search.

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Lifehacker does a nice, brief overview in their article "Download & Listen To Free Music On The Web". It's a good place to start before reviewing the tools below.


Basic Google search tools


MP3 Search

Video Tutorial On How To Find Music on Google


Google Hacks


JimmyR's Audio and Video Tools


MP3 Search Engines (recommended by a Beatking member)






b3ta.cr3ation.co.uk (in cooperation with dogpile, seeqpod, mp3realm)

Other Search Engines



France Radio.Net - A worldwide music search engine that combines the capabilities of Google, Yahoo! Live and Altavista.


Advanced Search Engines


eSnips - It's a community website, but a user at Lifehacker suggests he has found every he was searching for here.

Bamboo - A new mp3 and video search engine from Viet Nam - and one of the fastest growing sites in the world.

Project Find Music

• If you are a member of an IRC Group, then IRC Ripper is the serach tool for you

IckStuff searches for music on the web and much more (videos, images, usenet)

Vye Music - Vye Music gathers search results from other music sites and blogs, including Skreemr, MP3Codes, and 4Shared Music and artist's websites. You can build playlists, stream songs and download them.


Discover Music While You Search

The Good Musician takes a look at 19 websites that help you discover new music.

Jogli (Beta) - Jogli scans other websites such as YouTube for any free existing music and music video clips, and then indexes the music in order to enable an easy and efficient search. They claim to have "access to the largest free inventory of music on the Web, consisting of approximately 12 million albums and half a billion songs."

Soundflavor - Soundflavor provides users with song information, videos, and recommendations. Users can browse and filter their searches by genre, decade or subject. Mashups include artist bios from Wikipedia, news headlines, flickr photos and store links. A "One-Click Playlist" that generates a list of 25 songs and a "Any Requests?" button - you can generate your own playlist while you're browsing.

GrooveShark Lite - Grooveshark is an online music community that rewards you for sharing, reviewing, and discovering new music. They claim to offer millions of songs to stream.

Tagoo (Beta) - New Russian MP3 search engine. In addition to being able to search by artist, song title, album, or filename, you can also specify a bitrate range (e.g., "No less than 192kbps range") and duration. MP3s can be previewed via a small embedded Flash player, along with links to the original page where it was found, and a clipboard to share or catalog. The search engine also suggests other artists you may like, and provides a "download playlist" option at the bottom of every search results. Tagoo encourages users to mark search results with a "mood," which powers colored areas like "Fun" and "Romantic." What's not to like :smile:

SkreemR - Provides links to the music you are searching for in Digg fashion; also rates the music quality

BeeMP3 - The site lists the top 10 search requests in the US, Europe and the world, while you search for a specific request.

Dilandau - Search engine for music that allows you play, imbed or download songs on the fly.

Songza is a search engine for music that streams songs as soon as you click on the fly. It also allows you to create and organize playlists.

Blubster.com is a popular online p2p filesharing web community.

SeeqPod shows what others are searching for on the fly while you search and requires Flash to work. Seeqpod has a sister website,

Streamzy, a "media search utility (powered by Seeqpod) that allows users to search for media, stream it, and create and save playlists.

Deezer is a community driven search tool that pulls up multiple versions of a song if they are available. It also allows you to upload songs and imbed them in other websites.

Just Hear It - Type it a song or artist and JustHeartit does the rest. License fees are paid by the website, so it's legal. I did a test - it's amazingly fast, and it brought up a ton of stuff.

TheSixtyOne is a search tool like Deezer that allows you to search for mp3s across the web, but is similar to digg in its setup, in that users can rate the music. Some songs are available for download, others are available for purchase via Amazon. You can also embed songs at your favorite websites.

Songerize - Type in the artist or song and play.

MusicMesh.net - Type in your favorite artist's name and MusicMesh pulls up related albums, complete with track listings and YouTube videos, which you can play, user reviews, Wikipedia entries and other recommendations.

MusicIP and LivePlasma are similar to MusicMesh, in that they will pull up related music albums based upon your search.

SonicX is an MP3 search engine. The site also posts the 100 most popular music artists which are searched in the last 24 hours, complete with links to their songs, as well as the sound quality of the tunes.

Sideload.com is a website that aggregates popular free music tracks on the web that have been sideloaded into Oboe, the online music locker from MP3tunes. You can search for your favorites or use the alphabetical bar.

• ITunes 'Just For You' and Amazon make recommendations based upon what you buy.

TinySong - Type in a song's name and the site furnishes you with a link to an MP3 that you can send to a friend.

The Big Guns

Although I cover the following more extensively in our Comprehensive List Of Free Music Websites thread, I often cut to the chase and go directly to the following websites to search for specific new tracks or bands:

El.bows, The Hype Machine, Totally Fuzzy- music search engines that index audio files on blogs across the internet, with an emphasis on indie music. Pop Librarian is the latest blog aggregators.

The Social Communities

IMeem (absorbed by Myspace), Last.FM



Stereogum and the rest of the blogs...

Happy searching and listening!

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Search for videos across the web, including myspace, google and youtube, dailymotion, etc. with:



MetaTube (Reviews over 60 video websites)

MOG TV (Members share their favorite music videos)

Pure Video (Searches and lists videos by artist)

Find Videos


And if your favorite video has been deleted at Youtube, you can probably find it at DeluTube

Nool Music - Aggregator of Classic Rock Videos

If you are too lazy to seach for a particular music video, you are likely to find them here at CyberKnowledge, where some kind soul has catalogued over 20,000 music videos from Youtube, in alphabetical order, ready to play

ZonTube is an Amazon/YouTube mashup for finding videos for pretty much any song that has one.

Google Hacks is a pretty good tool, but IckStuff is much more versatile and also will search for music, images, and more.

MOG TV claims to have over 400,000 music videos, so its worth searching in and of itself.

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Tools For Getting Music From Music Blogs

1) RadioBlogDownloader - Probably the most convenient tool of its kind

2) Pandora's Jar - Hak.5's guide to getting music off of Pandora and LastFm

3) Instructables has put together a 3 step tutorial on How to get songs off a radio blog

step 1get the url

copy the url with the radio blog on it which should be something like


step 2 opening the folder wit the music in it

now u got the url which looks something like


so u just add "sounds/" at the end of it to get something like


then go to this url

step 3 final step: downloading and playing the files

now you will see all the songs in this folder..

download all the ones you like..

ok so when u download them you will notice that you can't play them and thats cause they end with the extension .rbs

just rename them and delete .rbs and replace it wit .mp3 and they should be normal working music files

its as easy as that :)

4) • FreeMusicZilla and OrbitDownloader, both Windows tools, will also do the trick.


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Music Blog Downloading Tools

If you are a fan of music blogs, and work on a Mac, then Peel is the tool for you. Siimply enter the music blogs web addresses into Peel, and Peel will aggregate the music files for listening or downloading.

Songbird, the open source player, will also aggregate your favorite music posted on music blogs. It also has SkreemR built in, so you can search for MP3s on the fly. You can get it HERE.



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Download Streaming Music From Social Communities and Radio Blogs

FreeMusicZilla allows you to download any song that streams on the Internet. Great for MySpace, imeem, Pandora, Last.fm, Skreemr, Seeqpod, etc. The software is Windows only.

OrbitDownloader is similar to FreeMusiczilla, but is limited to Windows, Firefox, Maxthon and Opera Browsers.

1. Download social music, social video and streaming media

2. Extreme download acceleration.

3. Super Light: micro-sized and resource-friendly

4. Support RapidShare download.

5. Support IE, Firefox, Maxthon, Opera.

6. Support Metalink download.

7. Support HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS, RTSP and RTMP protocols.

8. Support Proxy server configuration.

9. Support download pasue and resume.

10.General download management.

Record Anything Off Your Computer

For Macs

Audio Hijack Pro gives you the freedom to listen to audio when you want and how you want. Record any audio with Audio Hijack Pro - it's the cornerstone of your digital audio experience. Exclusively for Mac OS X.

For Windows

Mp3MyMp3 Record internet radio and save to mp3 or wav. Record streaming audio from the Internet, microphone, or any other source for that matter. MP3myMP3 Recorder works directly with your system sound card - if you can hear it, you can record it!

For Both

ChilliRec.com - ChiliRec is a free online personal Internet recorder with the possibility to record hundreds of radio channels.





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Imbed audios, videos, documents, photos at your favorite websites

Google, Youtube, MySpace, AOL, Daily Motion, etc (Imbed videos)

DivShare (Imbed audios, videos, documents, photos) 5GB free storage!

Vimeo - Vimeo is a video-centric social network site (owned by Connected Ventures) which launched in November 2004. The site supports embedding, sharing, long-term video storage, and allows user-commenting on each video page. They also have Hi-Def video capabilities.

Veoh - Veoh allows users to find and watch major studio content, independent productions and user-generated material.

TuneFeed (Imbed songs or player)

IMeem (Imbed songs or player)

Deezer (Imbed songs)

SkreemR (Imbed songs)

DailyMotion - Dailymotion is a video hosting service website, based in Paris, France. The site is well known for its superior video quality in comparison with other flash-enabled video hosting websites.

Moonk - Create your own personal video show, music box or slideshow with Monk. Monk allows you to upload videos, mp3s and photos to your account and provides flash codes for posting elsewhere. For those who don't want their uploads to be searched, Moonk allows you to make your media files web-playable.

For a complete comparison of online video services go HERE

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"AnywhereFM lets you upload your entire music library to their servers using their uploader application (for not that's free), stream, and manage it using a very iTunes-like browser-based Flash player. It also has a great social aspect that allows you to stream music from other users' libraries."

Read Adam Pash's overview at LifeHacker - or visit Anywhere FM and try it out.

Social FM works pretty much like Anywhere FM. But it comes with an ITunes Coverflow-like navigation.



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Converting Audio Files

Switch audio file converter is a sound file converter for Windows or Mac. It can convert audio files from many different file formats into mp3, wav and many other file formats.

Zamzar - Can convert many audio files. Limited to 5 free conversions a month

FLV To - Online conversion tool that converts Youtube videos to MP3s

Apple's Quicktime can convert both AIFF and MP3 Files

Free MP3 WMA Converter - Freeware utility converts audio files among four popular digital-audio formats: WAV, MP3, WMA, and OGG.

AudialHub (for Macs) - The audio companion to Techspansion's Visualhub, this will sent you back 18 bucks, but it can trim music, and convert "dozens of audio types to popular formats like AAC, MP3, WMA, AIFF, WAV, Apple Lossless, 3G (cell phones), Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and even Audio and MP3 CDs!" I bought it sight unseen based upon my experience with Visual Hub. The creator has given the app to the open source community. Find it and use it!

Convert Videos For Your IPod


ISquint (for Macs) - The creator has given the app to the open source community. Find it and use it!

Handbrake - HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

VisualHub (for Macs) is a step up from Handbrake and costs a few bucks, but its well worth it. It is the most versatile video conversion tool in the marketplace. The creator has given the app to the open source community. Find it and use it!

Audio/Video Converter

MediaCoder - MediaCoder for Windows, is a free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder's Devices tab makes converting videos for your iPod, PSP, smartphone/PDA easy.

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Sending/Posting Large Files

Great for mixtapes, etc.

Filedropper Store up to 250 gb

ADrive - Store up to 50 GB!

http://www.refrozen.com/ - 20 MB Limit

http://www.rapidshare.de/ - 50 MB Limit (split-archives allowed)

http://www.megaupload.com/ - 500 MB Limit (servers are a bit slow though, expect only 15-30 Kb/s)

http://www.spread-it.com/ - 500MB Limit

http://upload.xs3.com/ - No Upload Limit, No Bandwidth Limit

http://www.rapidupload.com/ - 300 MB Limit

http://www.ihud.com/ - 50 MB Limit

http://www.zupload.com/ - 500 MB Limit

http://www.uploadraid.com/ - 2 MB

http://www.sendmefile.com/ - 50 MB

http://www.upshack.com/ - 20 MB

http://www.yousendit.com/ - 1 GB (has download limit -- 7 days or 25 DL's)

http://turboupload.com/ - 70 MB

http://www.ultrashare.net/ - 30 MB

http://www.mytempdir.com/ - 30 MB

http://www.uploadhut.com/ - 50 MB

http://www.sharebigfile.com/ - 1 GB

http://www.uploadtemple.com/ - 30 MB

http://www.updownloadserver.de/ - 250 MB (in German, but it's usable)

http://www.bonpoo.com/ - 250 MB

http://www.sendspace.com/ - 1.2 GB

http://www.transferbigfiles.com/ - 1 GB

http://www.savefile.com/ - 60 MB

http://www.senduit.com - 100 mb (You set time limit)


http://www.xtraupload.de/ - 500 mb

http://www.webfilehosting.com/ - 1000 mb

http://www.hyperfileshare.com/ - 250 mb

http://www.sharelor.com/ - 100 mb

http://www.x-fs.com/ - 500 mb








Drop.i.o - Private filesharing. No signup necessary.

4Shared.com - Has a clever feature which also posts links to related songs by the artist for download

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Share Your Library With Friends

Mojo - Windows/Mac only: Share any song in your iTunes library and download any song from your friends' iTunes libraries over the internet with freeware application Mojo.


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Hearing Aids

These aren't free, but...

My music world was opened up this week with the discovery of 3 computer apps which enhance your listening experience. I'm on a Mac, but I believe these are available for Windows, too - google them up

Hear is a repackaged version of a Mac app called OSS 3D. from the developer of MacAmp (now defunct) and WinAmp. Hear will improve your movie and audio experience, and offers a ton of various sound settings based on the music genre you are listening to. Not sure that it's worth $50, but it does improve your sound quality multi-fold. If your interest is peaked, you can read a full review over at ViewFromTheDock

SRS IWow - This is a $20 plug in that improves the sound of iTunes music quite significantly — especially your laptop speakers. It also simulates 360 degree sound if you use headphones.

These MP3 Surround Players, however, are free :wub:

All4MP3 offers a free Franhofer IIs MP3 Surround Player. You can test drive some sounds with it right HERE. It brought a huge improvement to the sound on my Mac without surround speakers. Another BK forum member on Windows didn't notice any difference - you be the judge.

Volume Logic - My favorite sound enhancing tool by far is Rogue Amoeba's Volume Logic, from the makers of AudioHiJack Pro - I have been listening to music with this tool non-step since I acquired a demo. There's a rumor that Apple may have acquired the company, because Volume Logic suddenly disappeared earlier this year, and without explanation. But if you search around the web long enough, you can probably find a demo to download - here's a Guideon how to install it if you do. If you use ITunes or Winamp, you should be using Volume Logic.





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