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Microsoft’s Music Deals App: Huge Selection of Free and Inexpensive Music

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In October of this year, Microsoft released the Music Deals apps for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.1 but not with much fanfare. As it turns out, this app is a treasure trove of free and inexpensive music.

The way this app works is, there is a time-limited set of promotional deals for various types of music. Typically, there is one popular single listed very inexpensively ($0.99) and then there are three sets of themes for free or inexpensive albums. All of these promotions run for a variety of time periods, ranging from a week to fifteen days.

For example, last week there was a sale for fifty boxed sets, each at $2 only. These boxed sets typically sell for anywhere from $15 to sometimes even over $100, so these were fantastic steals. Last week also saw fifty free albums, all by popular artists.

Music Deals Promotions
Music Deals Promotions

This week the promotions continue and the discounted albums are popular rock albums and popular soundtracks, and the free albums include albums by artists like Ellie Goulding, ABBA, Imagine Dragons, etc.

Music Deals Free Albums
Music Deals Free Albums

The way this works is the Music Deals listing opens up the album in the Xbox Music app (or simply, Music app) on Windows or Windows Phone, and the discounted price is shown. Once you click on buy (or “get it free” when the album is free), depending on your settings, the music will start downloading or be marked as owned and available in the cloud for your use anytime in the future.

The beauty of this setup is that the music content is DRM-free and can be played on any device or software. So you don’t have to feel compelled to use Windows and Windows Phone’s music apps, you can use iTunes or pretty much any other software to play these tunes.

Music Deals Windows Phone
Music Deals Windows Phone

I am unclear what is the end game for Microsoft here. I know it will increase usage of the Music app, and maybe create more Microsoft accounts which can then be used to upsell premium services like paid storage or Office 365, but those seem like poor returns for the potential cost of the discounted music.

Regardless, this is a great deal for consumers and you should absolutely take advantage of these deals. Get the Music Deals apps here: Windows and Windows Phone.

Google Play Music Celebrating the Phonograph with $2.99 Albums

Google Play is running an interesting promotion right now. Pictured below, you can see a few famous album covers pictured with the heading “50 Classic Albums From $2.99″. They say they are celebrating “Edison’s Invention”.

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When you click on their link, it will take you to a page with some pretty famous albums that you’ll recognize right away. Curiously however, if you look at the picture below, they have the top of their page labeled with “The Phonograph’s Birthday”. I am not sure where they are getting their information. Wikipedia refers to Edison’s phonograph being invented between May and July 1877. About.com makes mention of August 12, 1877 as being the potential invention date but also says there is some skepticism about it. Whatever the case, Edison came up with a really cool idea and one worth celebrating.

Phonograph's Birthday

It seems to be a pretty eclectic selection of albums and most of them are going for $2.99. However, be aware there are a few that are a little more expensive. Janis Joplin’s “Pearl” is going for $4.99 as well as, Paul Simon’s “Graceland”. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the Google Play team went about selecting what they refer to as the “50 Vinyl-Era Classics”. Pink Floyd’s the “Dark Side of the Moon” album is a no brainer in my opinion, but Jethro Tull??? Hmmm… not so sure about this one.

So what do you think? For me, I can’t help but wonder where is AC/DC, or Black Sabbath?¬†Go take a look at the albums and tell me what you think would be worthy of your all time vinyl-era classics.

SXSW 2010: Download 3GB+ DRM-Free Music

South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the biggest music festivals held every spring in Austin, Texas. Every year thousands of music lovers and performers descend on Texas and revel in music played across 80 stages all over Austin.

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SXSW also offers users a chance to download DRM-free music from these concerts for free on their site, however going through hundreds of songs can be quite time consuming.

If you are looking for a better way to download the songs to your computer, TorrentFreak spotted a torrent site, which lists a torrent with all the music from SXSW. The torrent contains 646 songs totaling 3.35GB in size.

If you have been looking to download music from SXSW, this torrent is the simplest way to do it. The MP3 songs in the torrent are legally available from the official SXSW site, however, this makes it much easier to download. Enjoy the music.

Download SXSW MP3 Songs

Download House of Soul and Artists to Watch Sampler Free from iTunes

The iTunes store is being generous once again, this time around for reaching 3 million fans on . iTunes users will be able to download a free sampler of 15 songs from the House of Soul, featuring music from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Sugarman Three, Lee Fields among other artists.

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In addition to that users will also be able to download 20 free songs from the Artists to Watch sampler featuring upcoming artists including Fanfarlo, Cold Cave, Local Natives and Surfer Blood.

To create and redeem a code to download the free House of Soul sampler from iTunes, head over to their Facebook fan page and become a fan of iTunes or head over to this page and follow the instructions to create a code and redeem it.

The Artists to Watch sampler will be available for free till March 15th and the Songs from the House offer will expire on 30th April, however, the offer may expire before that date, so hurry up and get your free songs right away.

Honda Teams Up With Rhapsody to Offer Free MP3 Downloads [Music Deals]

Free-MP3-Download Honda has teamed up with Rhapsody – RealNetwork’s online music service, to offer free full MP3 downloads. This giveaway is a part of Honda’s “Everybody knows somebody who loves a Honda” campaign. In order to take advantage of this offer, head over to the ShareTheLove webpage. You can either preview the songs and download them individually, or download all of them together. No registration or personal details are required. The only catch is that you will have to watch a short Honda commercial before being allowed to download. The artists available are:

  • The Raveonettes
  • The Helio Sequence
  • Foals
  • Foreign Born
  • Islands
  • Headlights
  • Pacha Massive
  • Wolf Parade
  • Band of Horses
  • The Dodos
  • Volcano Choir

Free iTunes Starbucks MP3 Sampler, with 20 Songs [Music Deals]

iTunes has a free sampler in collaboration with Starbucks, which allows users to download 20 songs for free. The songs that you get include: Cloud Nine by Ben Howard, A few Honest Words by Ben Sollee, I am not a farmer by Bill Frisell, Easy by Deer Tick, Belated Promise Ring by Iron & Wine among others.

The 20 songs would have cost you $20.40, however thanks to the giveaway you can download them all for free. To get your Free iTunes Starbucks Sampler, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Visit the iTunes page on and become a Fan.

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Step 2: Click on the Get your free musicbutton on the Pick of the week promotion.

Step 3: Provide Access to the Free on iTunesapp to access your Facebook account.

Step 4: Launch iTunes to download the free iTunes Starbucks MP3 sampler.

Please note: This deal is only available for US iTunes users right now.

Download Free Christmas Holiday Songs at iTunes Holiday Sampler [Music Deals]

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Few days back we told you about Amazon giving away free Christmas Carols MP3 downloads. Looks like Apple does not want to be left behind too. Apple is offering users an opportunity to sample Christmas and Holiday season songs from popular artists.

You can download 20 Christmas and Holiday songs for free for a week. Songs include O Come All ye Faithful by Amy Grant, Silent Night by Sarah McLachlan, We Wish You A Merry by Weezer and more.

If you are looking to download more free Christmas Carol songs, head over to the Amazon MP3 store.

iTunes Holiday Sampler

Download Christmas Songs/Carols MP3 Free from Amazon [Music Deals]

Amazon MP3 Store has a great deal for . You can download 29 Christmas MP3 songs and carols for absolutely free from Amazon.

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Some of the songs include Christmas Tree by Lady GaGa, Silent Night by Sixpence None the Richer, Oh Come Emmanuel by Aliqua, Joy to the World by Stroudavarious Orchestra among others.

All of the 29 songs are available as free downloads, you don’t have to pay a penny, so go ahead and download some great Christmas songs, courtesy Amazon.

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