Since the start of the internet, the invention of mp3, the p2p-softwares, the download portals, Kaazaa and at least hundreds of law suits by the one or the other party, the conclusion to be drawn is that the business and the market economies of music has changed dramatically since the beginning of the 90s.
But despite all those illegal attempts to extend one’s own music library there are still a lot of good ressources in the web to get legal and free music that still holds valid certain quality standards. SPIEGEL ONLINE has written extensively about this issue and listed dozends of free and legal ressources.
I’d like to point out once again to a service I use regularly, not only to discover new artists, but also to promote several Chinese artists: Last.fm
For some good free downloads, check their free charts.