The return of free net music

A couple of months ago we reported on a new website, MP3tunes.com, which allows you to upload all your music to a virtual locker on the internet, and

A couple of months ago we reported on a new website, MP3tunes.com, which allows you to upload all your music to a virtual locker on the internet, and listen to it through any web browser anywhere in the world.

Well, now the same company – run by MP3.com founder Michael Robertson – is offering tens of thousands of free tracks from big name artists like Chuck Berry to The Clash. And it’s doing it without breaking the law.

Sideload.com is an aggregation service that scours the web for free music and then lists the songs it finds, allowing anyone to preview the tracks through a browser or ‘sideload’ them into an MP3tunes locker.

The good news is that a locker costs absolutely nothing – although you have to choose the $40-a-year premium service if you want to upload your own music rather than just sideloading tracks from elsewhere on the web.

Sideload.com isn’t the only free music service we’ve come across recently. We’ve also been rather taken with Pandora.com after we found it worked with our new Squeezebox 3 wireless music streamer (pictured).

Pandora allows you to create up to 100 web radio stations, each based on an artist or song you dig. It uses the Music Genome Project’s music-matching software, and it really works. All you need is a US ZIP code (yes, Stuff is based in London, but we’re big fans of Beverly Hills 90210) and you’ll soon be hearing music that you’ll love without having to pay a penny. Chances are it’ll open your eyes to new music too.

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