Before the controversial MP3 sound file format came along, downloading an entire song from the Web was often impractical. With most sound formats, even a portion of a tune was often several megabytes in size and took forever to download. That all changed with the advent of MP3 technology. Using this format, a 50 megabyte file can be squashed down to five megs, making downloads much more practical. Moreover, relatively little audio sound quality is lost in the compression.
Looking for free audiobooks? At this volunteer-driven site, you'll find a collection of nearly 9,000 public domain audiobooks in MP3 format. The audiobooks here are free for anyone to listen to on their computers or mobile devices (or to burn onto a CD). Most content here is in English, although audiobooks are available in over 30 other languages.
Here, you'll find a nice selection of free, legal MP3 music from Christian artists from around the world. The site offers over 700 songs and new music is added regularly. You can browse for songs by genre, topic, theme, and instrument.
There are a lot of MP3 sites around, but this is the first one we've seen that is devoted to MP3 music files for children. There is a nice selection of free MP3 music here, available for preview and download (and the files are all legal).
Here, you will find a great collection of free, legal MP3 files from a wide variety of musical genres, including acoustic guitar instrumental music and original solo piano music. The site also features music from independent artists in many genres, including rock, pop, country, folk, jazz, and more.
This site offers a good roundup of up-to-date MP3 listings. MP3int.com includes a searchable database, as well as helpful info on each MP3 file (bit rate, length, file size, etc.). The site also offers a collection of polyphonic ringtones.
This site offers free MP3s of soothing, original solo piano music. The site also serves as a resource for people experiencing "tough times due to illness, loss of loved ones, or any other type of personal pain."
At this site, you'll find a nice selection of verses from the New Testament and Psalms in MP3 format. The recordings are original, free and categorized. The Scriptures here are from the modern English American Standard Version of the Bible.