The sites below are places to get always legal (and sometimes even free) digital music. While iTunes and Amazon deserve to be on this list for the sheer size of their catalogues, there are several others worth mentioning.
Amazon has a growing catalogue of Mp3s, and frequently promotes new artists with free downloads. Intuitive search engine, fees per selection rather than monthly membership, substantial catalogue growing every day. They have an e-newsletter that you can subscribe to with frequent free and inexpensive recordings.
iTunes Music Store
Must be accessed with the iTunes player. It is a great source for purchasing legal digital music. Advantages: Intuitive search engine, fees per selection rather than monthly membership, substantial catalogue growing every day.
This site has a fantastic catalogue of classical music downloads. The list of labels that it carries is impressive.
The Smithsonian has been a leader in gathering sounds from all over the globe. Now they have created a website with $.99 downloads of full recordings. This is a fantastic resource for educators. Their complete jazz and folk catalogues are up here, along with a growing collection of world music.
This website features streams and downloads of classical music on major labels. It also has an extensive selection of midi files of many classical pieces which can be useful for practice. Subscription plans are available, but many things can be downloaded for a per-item fee.
Sponsored by Real Player. Large song data base. Monthly membership fee.
Large data base. Monthly membership fee.
A site that helps users locate music for download. Free membership.