Free Legal High Resolution Music Downloads

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  1. fightinkraut Full Audioholic

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    Hey all!

    I've been on a kick lately looking for some high quality downloads to test some stuff...I've been looking for 24 bit/96 kHz and some higher rate stuff as well.

    I thought it might be nice to have a thread with various links people know of where we can download hi-res music for free. I am not going to post direct DL links, only provide the sites for you to review yourself.

    Not all of these are great sources for free music, some are just sampler snippets, but I thought I'd include them because they are good sources to purchase from if interested.

    Some require registration, which you'll see at the page I've linked.

    I'll start with the few I know of:

    96/24 album from HDTracks: https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=login&redirectto=samplealbumdownload&ialbum_id=6446

    HDTracks album in collaboration with MediaMonkey: https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=login&redirectto=samplealbumdownload&ialbum_id=8871

    2L 192 kHz/24 bit - large number of files to compare: http://www.2l.no/hires/index.html

    Lessloss high resolution tracks: http://www.lessloss.com/high-resolution-audiophile-recordings-c-68.html

    iTrax sample files in different formats: http://www.itrax.com/Pages/HelpFAQs.php#1

    Linn records sample files:http://www.linnrecords.com/linn-downloads-testfiles.aspx

    Design w Sound - Jazz demo cd:http://www.designwsound.com/dwsblog/?page_id=318

    Internet Archive - A different kind of offering, many concerts: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=(format:(24Bit FLAC) OR (flac24) OR (24-bit) OR 24bit) AND collection:etree&sort=-avg_rating;-num_reviews

    I think that's all I know, please add to the list if you have additional legal sources!

    Edit: You should check out B&W Society of Sound's trial membership...I tried it for a few months and really enjoyed some of the music: http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/display.aspx?infid=3550

    [ADMIN] Edited to add relevant topic info:
    When downloading high-res music, beware that some tracks are simply upsampled low-res tracks, and that software like iTunes won't play many of the files formats high-res music is offered in. We offer some suggestions for free programs to analyze the quality of your digital music in our article about software audiophiles should download.


    If you're looking for a program to playback your high-res music, you might find our comparison of playback software article useful, which includes programs like Foobar 2000 and JRiver Media Center.
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  2. skizzerflake Audioholic Field Marshall

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    www.archive.org is an amazing site. It has more live concert recordings than you can listen to for the rest of your life. In addition, movies, text, TV shows and old archived web sites...it's amazing.
  3. fightinkraut Full Audioholic

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    Agreed...I'm just starting to explore it's content, very cool site indeed! www.deweymusic.org is a front end for the archive.org content, the dewey site is focused on the music only...some interesting stuff there.
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    Hey all, no other sources to mention?
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  6. klimaudio Audiophyte

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    indietorrent.org offers free and for purchase FLAC files.

    I personally know someone who posts music on that site :)

    Jason Milo (aka KLIM)

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