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Legal Sources for Online Music and Videos – Compiled by Cornell University

You can listen to great music and watch entertaining shows online without running the risks involved with downloading or circulating them using networks that operate outside copyright law. The following sites provide free, legal music and shows. You can enjoy entertainment online, and do it with confidence.

Free music

  • AOL Radio – AOL Radio offers more than 350 Internet radio stations with song skipping and includes music, news, sports and talk.
  • Live365 – Live365 Internet Radio is a network where members can create their own online radio station or listen to other Live365 broadcasters’ online stations.
  • – Every track you play on tells your profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like and recommend songs from their music collections.
  • Pandora Radio – Pandora Radio is a personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites.
  • Radio-Locator – Radio-Locator is a comprehensive listing of radio stations all over the world that have web pages.
  • RadioTower – RadioTower provides details, descriptions , ratings and 1-click instant access to thousands of live Internet radio feeds.
  • SHOUTcast – SHOUTcast Radio offers thousands of free Internet radio stations from DJs and broadcasters around the world.
  • Yahoo! Music – Yahoo! Music lets you find music videos, internet radio, music downloads and the latest music news and information.

Free video, television, and movies


Other providers

Hulu –, a joint venture of NBC/Universal and Fox, is a free online video service that offers hit TV shows including Family Guy, 30 Rock, NBA and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and more.

Joost – Joost provides music, TV and movies, and allows you to search by title or category, or you can find suggestions from friends or people who share common interests.

Sling – Sling offers content from most of the major networks and studios including Warner, Sony, and MGM. The site also has videos from a number of smaller sources.

Music subscription services

Music subscription services usually offer free trials, so you can try before you buy.

Audio Lunchbox – Audio Lunchbox strives to make the purchase of digital music quick, easy and affordable. Downloads are not restricted by DRM (Digital Rights Management).

eMusic – eMusic focuses on independent music and audio books. Its catalog includes music beyond the commercial mainstream and nearly 5,000 audio book titles.

Napster – Napster provides music on demand, allowing you to play just about any song you can think of, whenever you want, for one monthly fee. Napster adds hundreds of new releases every week.

Rhapsody – Rhapsody is a digital music service that lets you listen to whatever you want, wherever you are, without paying per track. Rhapsody membership plans start at less than the cost of a CD a month, so you can listen to as much music as you want without limits.

Movie subscription services

Netflix – Netflix subscribers have a choice of movie rental by mail or through instant online play, or both. The feature uses real-time playback technology that allows video to be viewed at virtually the same time it is being delivered to your computer.