Internet Archive is yet another nonprofit portal like free music archive. The difference being – IA or archive.org caters to a lot of other media items apart from music, such as full-length movies, videos, podcasts, images, radios, audiobooks, etc.
However, in this post, we will concentrate on providing Internet Archive Music Review. You may also like to check out our review of internet archive movies.
Let’s review the site on parameters of:
- Website or App Experience
- Compatibility with devices
- Music Library
- Music Player & Quality
The website experience can be quite confusing if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. However, the categorisation of media is quite easy to navigate. If you’re surfing for something specific, you can look for it in the search bar.
- Also read: Best Free Music Downloader
If you click on the audio button from the menu bar as shown below:
You get the following sub-categories:
Now you can choose to go to various Live Music Archives, Audiobooks, Non-English Audio, Podcasts, etc.
For the complete audio archive, click on the All Audio link above, or click on the audio button from the homepage.
You can filter by –
- Media Type such as collections, audio, movies, etc.
- Year of publishing/release – 2017/16/15/14
- Topics like radio, podcasts, etc.
- Collection – Various communities that archive music
- Languages – over 400!
However, while going through the site, it will be challenging to explore the music you are looking for.
Compatibility and Ads
There are no advertisements on the site, which is impressive! They are a team of 150 people who are dependent upon donations from people to pay their salaries. They sure want you to donate, and you will find an explicit shoutout from the founder on the homepage itself that says:
There are no official apps for internet archive yet. I did find some unofficial iOS and Android apps by doing some quick Google Search. However, I would not recommend anything that comes from anywhere but the official site.
- Also read: Free Music Download Apps For Android Devices
Overall, for the site structure, look & feel, and no ads strategy, I would give it an 8/10.
Internet Archive has around 3.8 Million collections of music archived on the platform! That’s an insane number to say, but when you see it through, it’s divided among various audio types and not all of them are songs.
Of course, the songs you find there are not the latest or trending ones. However, you will be able to see a lot of good music such as the Lil Wayne Album featuring songs like Right Above it (feat. Drake), Heavenly Father (feat. Fat Joe), Light Up (feat. Jay-Z), No Love (feat. Eminem), etc.
Apart from this, you can find Kevin Macleod, Kevin Gates, YFN Lucci, etc.
While surfing more, I found the famous This is it full album by Michael Jackson, featuring many memorable songs such as They Don’t Care About Us, Smooth Criminal, Beat it, Earth Song, Thriller, Black or While, etc.
Go ahead and explore yourself. Let us know through comments if you found anything worth listening!
For the rating, I’d give it a 9/10. I find the music collection better than Noisetrade, PureVolume, Amazon, and such kinds. However, they are not much comparable to each other as each site follows a different path/vision/purpose of providing free mp3 songs for streaming and downloading.
Music Player & Quality
Music Player at Internet Archive is a primary waveform based player. With options to Play, Pause, Forward, Backword, and Volume.
To download a song, you can click on the down arrow beside a song and find its mp3. The sample size of the songs is standard at 44.1 kHz. The streaming of songs is seamless. However, I find the player and quality of songs better on Jamendo and Free Music Archive.
Therefore, for the player options and quality, I’d give it a 6/10.