Arguably the Web's single most popular sound format, the MIDI file is everywhere these days. A small data file, a MIDI file contains a musical sequence that can drive your sound card or electronic musical instrument if it has General MIDI (GM), General Standard (GS) or Extended General MIDI (XG) compatibility. (Virtually all sounds cards do). If you've ever encountered a Web page that featured background music, odds are you're listening to a MIDI file. The same goes for if you've ever received a digital postcard. From classical music to rock 'n' roll to techno: no matter what your musical tastes, you can find your favorite tunes in MIDI format somewhere on the Web if you look hard enough.
Are you trying to locate a particular MIDI file quickly? This speedy search engine is the place to go. MIDI Explorer indexes nearly 2 million MIDI sound files on over 200,000 pages by file and link name. This dictionary-style search engine will show you all of the different versions of a MIDI and can quickly locate rare songs.
MIDI Explorer has added new features recently. For example, if you have questions about a particular file, you may enter its exact length and find out what others have to say about it.
A fine resource for free MIDI files, this site offers classic pop and rock tunes, as well as current Top 40 hits. There is also a good selection of MIDI tunes from cinema and TV here. The site includes a search engine, as well as a free newsletter.
This site serves up thousands of MIDI sound files by over 1,800 classical composers. Most of the content here is free (but the number of files you can freely listen to per day is limited). A paid subscription (optional) gives you more features.
(Note: this site is occasionally inaccessible). If you're looking for the latest Top 40 pop hits in MIDI format, here's the place to go. Selections here range from rock to pop to hip hop and artists include everything from Ace of Base and Aqua to The Prodigy and Oasis.