We all know we can download high-quality music from Apple's iTunes Store,  but there are a few great websites where you can download MP3s free of charge. The best part is, these sites guarantee that you are not breaking any laws and often showcase artists you won't hear on the Top 100.
eMusic.com:  This is a paid MP3 download service that allows 25 free downloads. I'm not suggesting you take advantage of the system, but eMusic offers an opportunity to check out independent artists and a selection of 20,000 full albums you might not find on iTunes.
3hive.com:  Offers a blog listing of free MP3 songs that have been released by record artists and labels to entice listeners to make full-album purchases. This is a great site for sampling new music you probably won't hear on the radio.
Amazon.com Free Music Downloads:  If you haven't checked out the Amazon downloads before, you'll be shocked by the mix of artists, available for free in MP3 format. The site also offers musicians the ability to upload and share their songs.
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Epitonic.com:  More than 400 independent labels representing a dazzlngly diverse array of artists and styles have partnered with Epitonic to deliver free digital music downloads in MP3 format from up-and-coming indie artists. Also features biographical information about artists so you can get to know them.
Garageband.com:  Though this site has nothing to do with Apple’s music application which touts the same name, Garageband.com offers popularity charts of independent music, and promotes more than 125,000 bands.
geeksugar note: This is the first in a series of pieces about places you can download music and videos. Stay tuned for more sites, and share your favorites in the comment section below.