Resources: The Best Download Sites For New Music
The Best Download Sites For New Music
Bandcamp is my favorite download site by a long shot because—"Bandcamp makes it easy for fans to directly connect with and support the artists they love. We treat music as art, not content, and we tie the success of our business to the success of the artists who we serve".
You pay the same for lossy and lossless downloads on Bandcamp so remember when buying music, always pick the lossless version. And Bandcamp's app is a winner.
Genres: Acoustic, Alternative, Ambient, Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Devotional, Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rap, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soundtrack, Soul, Spoken Word, World
Bleep carries tons of new music and I recommend signing up for their weekly email wrap-up for great suggestions. Bleep also offers 24-bit downloads.1
Genres: Acid, Alternative, Ambient, Bass, Beats, Braindance, Disco, Dubstep, Electro, Electronic, Experimental, Footwork, Grime, Hip Hop, House, Krautrock, Library, Metal, Minimal Wave, Modern Classical, Noise, Reissue, Techno, World
Boomkat reaches a bit deeper into other genres as compared to Bleep and they also offer a great weekly email update.
Genres: Alternative, Ambient/ Basic Channel, Beats, Boogie, Computer Music, Classical, Dark Ambient, Disco, Drone, Dub, Dub Techno, Early Electronic, Electro, Electronic, Extreme, Folk, Footwork, Funk, Fusion, Fwd, Grime, Hip Hop, House, Indie, Industrial, Jazz, Jungle, Metal, Modern, Noise, Reggae, Roots, Soundtracks, Techno, Wave, World
The name says it all. e|classical also offers "High Resolution" downloads1.
Genres: A Cappella, Arias, Ballet, Blues, Cantata, Chamber Music, Children's Classics, Chinese Music, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Christmas, Classical Concert, Concerto, Concertos, Contemporary, Contemporary Instrumental, Contemporary Jazz, Cross-Over, Easter, Fiction, Film and TV Music, Folk, Folk Legends, Gospel, Historical Document, History, Instrumental, Interview, Jazz, Literature, Music Education, Musicals, Nature Sounds, New Year, Non-Fiction, Nostalgia, Opera, Operetta, Orchestral
The granddaddy of "High Resolution" download1 sites, HDtracks offers new music in its original recorded 24-bit format1.
Genres: Blues, Broadway, Children's Music, Classical, Country & Bluegrass, Electronic, Folk, Gospel & Religious, Hip Hop/Rap, Historical, Industrial, Jazz, Latin, New Age, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soundtrack, World
HIGHRESAUDIO is another "High Resolution" download1 site based in Germany.
Genres: Alternative, Ambiente, Blues, Classical, Country, Dance, Easy Listening, Electronic, Film and TV Music, Folk, Guitar, Hip Hop, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Lounge, New Age, Orchestral, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock, Songwriter, Soundtrack, Spoken Word, Urban, Vocal, World Music
France-based Qobuz has a very deep catalog so if you're having a hard time finding a download, especially classical and jazz titles, check here. Some new titles are available in 24-bit.1
Genres: Alternative, Ambient, Blues, Children, Classical, Country, Electronic, Folk,Funk, Humor, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rap, R&B, Rock, Soul, Spoken Word, Soundtracks, World
Neil Young's revolution turned music download store, PonoMusic is worth checking out mainly for classic rock and its immediate decedents. Some new titles are available in 24-bit.1
Genres: Blues, Classical, Country & Bluegrass, Electronic, Folk, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Latin, New Age, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soundtrack, World
1. For an explanation of 24-bit downloads and "high resolution", see "Is High-Resolution Music Dead?"