How to Download Folk Songs for Free

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Folk songs represent political or organizational goals and speak to the heart of their supporters through music. These songs have been around for decades and still have the ability to ignite the passion of those who believe in the messages presented and the community that surrounds them. With the advent of the Internet, it has become easier to obtain access to a wide variety of folk music from around the world. The Creative Commons license allows musicians to publish their works for free download while protecting their creative rights.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Visit the Creative Commons home page, creativecommons.org, to search for folk songs from a wide variety of artists and cultures.

  • Use the site-specific search engine to find folk songs that are downloadable from sites such as Jamendo. These sites honor Creative Commons licenses and only allow public domain or CC-licensed works.

  • Click on the song of your choice to play a sample. Folk songs tend to be fairly long, so sampling the music before downloading lets you save time and disk space.

  • Download the file by clicking the "Save" icon. Save the file downloaded to your music directory or desktop. You can repeat this process as often as you like with no cost.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read the license information carefully if you are planning to modify or adapt the music. Some licenses, including public domain works, allow this. Others may be more restrictive.
  • Scan any music that you download from the Internet with an anti-virus program. It is possible that malicious software may be included with music files, even from popular sites such as Jamendo.

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