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Forum - General: Latest Music News - Free Music on Google Play

I was looking to see if Google Play were going to do something similar to their The Sounds of 2014 promotion where they offered ten of the top selling albums of 2014 for free, when I discovered that typing Free Music in the search bar brings up dozens of free albums, EPs and songs. Some of the most notable ones currently include...


Albums/EPs:

Saint Cecilia EPFoo Fighters


Songs:

BillsLunchMoney Lewis
Born to TryDelta Goodrem
Eye of the TigerSurvivor
I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston
Not Ready to Make NiceDixie Chicks
Sex on FireKings of Leon
Ugly HeartG.R.L.

https://play.google.com/store/search?q=free+music&c=music&docType=4


I noticed that a few months ago they were offering 20 greatest hits albums for free, including ones by Bill Withers, Billie Holiday, Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke, Simon & Garfunkel, Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson. Sadly, the promotion is over.
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They've added George Ezra's Live in London EP to the ones listed above.

By the way, if you buy music from Microsoft Store they actually send you a receipt in the mail. It's kinda cool and kinda horrifying for the environment all at the same time. lol

My latest receipt: http://i.imgur.com/KpIO4aw.jpg

Notice that they don't even list what you actually bought - just ID numbers that even a Google search don't know shit about. *facepalm*
Currently, the only free music of note is...


Albums/EPs:

Saint Cecilia EP Foo Fighters


Songs:

Fast Car Tracy Chapman

I actually should get Fast Car
It's not much but Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U is currently free...

https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bu3cwuudveymw6fbltpfv5wvubi&tid=song-T64yv6tmi7z2hgaxaknhnjs77vy

Nice find!
While it's not exactly free music, Google Play does now has a selection of 99 cent discount tracks...


Songs:

No Money Galantis
Home Topic feat. Nico Santos
Hello Friday Flo Rida feat. Jason Derulo
Love Yourself Justin Bieber
Stitches Shawn Mendes
Uptown Funk Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Bring Me to Life Evanescence
Radioactive Imagine Dragons
All of Me John Legend
All About That Bass Meghan Trainor
Counting Stars OneRepublic
Que Sera Justice Crew
Ugly Heart G.R.L.
Bills LunchMoney Lewis
Sweet Nothing Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
Live While We're Young One Direction
Mockingbird Eminem
From Me to You (Radio Edit) Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
Golden Light Madden feat. 6AM
Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus
Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses

https://play.google.com/store/music/collection/promotion_tracks_2000d9f_discount_tracks


If mentioning tracks that aren't free is a bit pimp daddy-ish, let me know and I won't mention them again.
They also have The Amity Affliction's last album, and Conrad Sewell's EP at $1.99 from what I can see, though anyone who is a cheapskate and just wants the two songs can get "Who You Lovin'" & "Start Again" at 0.99 each and save 1 cent
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Heh. I've noticed that on both the Amity Affliction album and Conrad Sewell EP pages that you have the option to buy the whole album/EP for $1.99 OR buy the individual tracks for $2.19 apiece (totalling $21.90 and $10.95 respectively). Gee, I'll lock in A thanks, Eddie!

I've also noticed that the Amity Affliction's I Bring the Weather With Me single is 99 cents too. I wonder how many other 99c tracks are on the site that aren't mentioned on the discount page...

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/The_Amity_Affliction_I_Bring_The_Weather_With_Me?id=Bf5o2q466enjhfkpptjldtmzq2q
Oh, it looks like you've just mentioned two more right there, Jinxie. lol

I think the answer to my question is buttloads!
A whole bunch of recent hits I can see are 0.99, but more notably Linkin Park - Numb, Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight, Teamheadkick - Deadpool Rap, Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime, Mashd N Kutcher - My Sunshine, twenty one pilots - Heavydirtysoul, and possibly others are just 10 cents each.
Heh. '10 cents' must be the new 'free' as I haven't seen any recently added songs to the free list in a while.

I should mention that tracks purchased from Google Play seem to attract an extra fee that appears to be about 3% of the track's price. On my bank statements it's called OVERSEAS TXN FEE (overseas taxation fee).

Track Price Extra Fee Total Cost
$2.19 $0.07 $2.26
$1.69 $0.05 $1.74
$0.99 $0.03 $1.02

Free tracks don't seem to attract an extra fee which makes sense as 3% of $0.00 is still $0.00 and I doubt you'd be paying any extra for the 10 cent tracks as the tax would be 0.3 cents rounded down to 0 cents.


Incidentally, zdigital.com.au tracks also incur the same OVERSEAS TXN FEE of 3% on my bank statements.

Track Price Extra Fee Total Cost
$1.99 $0.06 $2.05
$1.69 $0.05 $1.74
$1.59 $0.05 $1.64
$1.29 $0.04 $1.33
$1.19 $0.04 $1.23
Oh, and there has been a recent-ish addition to the free list but I overlooked it due to its rather dodgy-looking cover ( http://i.imgur.com/CEijXDC.png ). It's possibly an official version of Drake's One Dance and it sounds the same as the original but with an added rap verse by Ms JJ Diamond (whoever that is).

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Drake_One_Dance?id=Ba7zty5jfayprjndwyxnjknwnzy

Some 99 cent albums (you only get to choose one of them though)

Bloom RUFUS
Love Stuff Elle King
To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar
That's the Spirit Bring Me the Horizon
Metal Resistance Babymetal
Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd

https://play.google.com/store/music/collection/p3_details_00155119039939992898_4715291294

The deal is actually $7 off at the checkout and those particular albums are $7.99 before the discount. There's also 27 other (more expensive) albums that you can get the same discount from instead. Deal ends Thursday.
Ooh this is very good, since iTunes won't let me get Bloom's Complete My Album since it cuts the price to like $1

But hmm, I don't know if it actually worked, possibly because I already bought one of the offered albums there.
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You didn't get the $7 off, Jinxie? I didn't try myself but I'll be wary of 'discounts at the checkout' deals now.

Here's a couple of $1.99 albums that aren't discounts at the checkout! Ends this Thursday

Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Red_Hot_Chili_Peppers_Greatest_Hits?id=Bd5up6mzjis5yncxop2whil5xni

The Very Best Of - Fleetwood Mac (double disc ): https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Fleetwood_Mac_The_Very_Best_Of_Fleetwood_Mac?id=Bgstrife5mcnhryln2lomx57ya4

Nah I didn't but that's ok because I am buying the shit outta this Fleetwood Mac discount!
Haha. 36 tracks on that album which is less than 5.6 cents per track. Take that, 10 cent tracks!
Alarm Annie-Marie Song $0.10 https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bbe2x4ovsmdwj7uhftzuap7yeqm&tid=song-Tyz76zas37yvv2mniadlzealpqa
Gold Kiiara Song $0.10 https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bj5rmxwcg7fub5pjn7fn2sdvmwu&tid=song-Tjn6f7feql3t4jpjx53jd7jppde
I Bring the Weather With Me The Amity Affliction Song $0.10 https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bf5o2q466enjhfkpptjldtmzq2q&tid=song-T7dppkz54kzawu57cw7zcw7o6mq
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers Song FREE https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bjnh3x5bgi3ma65aaaazht6xc74&tid=song-T3m6jt53rmpsasxzxk3mofdpc7q
Jump Around House of Pain Song $0.10 https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Baeya76xd3bv25uszty6p3esjfi&tid=song-Tkm74fsvrtk7xo6n2qnkcbt5ymm
My House Flo Rida Album $1.99 https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Flo_Rida_MY_HOUSE?id=Bbfubirsm5kg2vpdfe6t7ccc5lu
My House Flo Rida Song $0.10 https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bj2fzsargig2apywenc3oteget4&tid=song-Tsxxwhocdpmidfzne7evoqab72e
Respect M.E. Missy Elliot Album $1.99 https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Missy_Elliott_Respect_M_E?id=Bdvrstnwxqugmvd3elizvlctchy
Titanium David Guetta feat. Sia Song $0.10 https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bgucgy2igiga7fqbrno6yasmhwa&tid=song-Tb5gupxh6i6dlpefq4zkznzyh3u

70 Classic Christmas Favourites Various Artists 70 tracks $1.69 https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Various_Artists_70_Classic_Christmas_Favourites?id=B4y7urds3d2qasjsqjdx4buu7ii
Hounds of Love Kate Bush 12 tracks $1.99 https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Kate_Bush_Hounds_Of_Love?id=Bnwljs7lcldh5zcqyana6r66mc4
No Jacket Required (Deluxe Edition) Phil Collins 24 tracks $1.99 https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Phil_Collins_No_Jacket_Required_Deluxe_Edition?id=B7ojguknyfdeftfidv6bzjmp6le
Swinging on a Star Bing Crosby 94 tracks $2.19 https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Bing_Crosby_Bing_Crosby_Swinging_on_a_Star?id=Bb4ffenao273vwycwqyv2tamy5a
White Wedding Billy Idol 2 tracks $1.69 https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Billy_Idol_White_Wedding?id=Bpl36d5zvkdovrmjonnxv5nw46m
If anyone was wondering why there hasn't been mention of free/cheap songs or albums in ages, it's because there's been bugger-all on offer. The only one of any note lately would be Through the Dark Restrung from Hilltop Hoods' Drinking From the Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung album (scroll down to track 15)...

https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bwmovm6d4nj7pmia3hvht5zljhe&tid=song-Tvskyup656zi7vcowlpecgwosq4

Here's to hoping they'll soon offer some of 2016's top selling albums for free like they did back in 2014.
Well, there's a current deal where you can get 50% off any album (only one album though). Details are here:

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/283881

Obviously, the best value you'll get from this deal is using it on a crazy, expensive-arsed album (or rather a collection or box set of them) such as this one that's over 300 bucks... https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Vincenzo_Bellini_Vicenzo_Bellini_Complete_Operas?id=B4ulm7lamqmvngkbopt2mt5eib4

There's also some cheap-ish greatest hits albums but I can't be arsed putting them into a table. Details here:

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/283830


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