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ange on 04/22/2014 at 12:30AM

Help Shape the Future of the FMA

This month, the Free Music Archive celebrates its 5th year since it emerged from the Internet-hole. Can you imagine the web without it? In that time, the FMA has helped user generated content flourish, helped artists connect with new fans, and filled all of our personal harddrives to the brim. We are one of the largest collections of Creative Commons music online, reaching 70,000 curated tracks this Spring.

It's time for me to go, and leave this vessel in the hands of a new captain. I've accepted a new position working at Slate, and now it's time to find the next person to lead this project into its bright future.

More info about the job here.

During the transition, continue to share share all your troubles and victories with contact (@), and someone will always get back to you. That person right now is the wonderful Faye.

In my time at the FMA, we've worked together to remix public domain ephemera with the Prelinger Archive, and overthrow the Birthday song. We've welcomed exciting new FMA curators including AS220, Radio BunkerRadiusCKUT and Boston Hassle. We even built an app for iPhone, and launched our own Free Song of the Day Podcast.

I've adored being a part of our parent project WFMU, and learned so much from watching how the staff, volunteers & DJs keep the magic factory full of magic. Thanks to the FMA's founding director Jason for all of his guidance and bottomless enthusiasm for the project. No one has made more mixes on the FMA than my old desk-mate WFMU's Liz B, who broadcasts her favorite FMA uploads every Monday morning on WFMU. Also infinite credit goes to WFMU's stellar volunteers Matt Marando and Mario Santana who masterfully master and upload all the sessions that come through WFMU over the years. Big kudos to Lou Z and Chris M who have led our team of volunteer submission screeners.

Thank you all again! Viva FMA!

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ange on 12/06/2013 at 04:00PM

Get the FMA App for iPhone

The Free Music Archive now has our own iPhone app! Download it here (or search "FMA" in the app store), and enjoy our library of 65,000 free and legal tracks on your iPhone. The app lets you explore music by genre, listen to the song of the day, check out hand-picked mixes, and share and download until your thumbs go raw.

The app is compeltely free, but we need your help to spread the word. Please write us a friendly review in the iTunes store. Since this is a brand new app, your review will do a ton to help improve our rankings and discovery so more folks can learn about what we do. We'd also love to hear your candid and technically specific feedback over e-mail. We know the app has its flaws, and we have grand plans for version 2.

If you have any technical questions about using the app, check our our app support page.

Don't fret Android users! We're busy seeking funds to make an Android app possible. In the meantime, one of our fans made you this.

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ange on 01/23/2013 at 01:15PM

Free Music Archive Now on 8Tracks

Good news, mix-makers! The Free Music Archive is delighted to announce that we've partnered with 8Tracks to make our library available through their lovely mix-making and sharing tools. The basic idea of 8Tracks is making simple and sharable online mixes with at least 8 tracks. Here's a peak at what that looks like: 

How better to celebrate the merging of two awesome music websites than with a mix tape exchange? We shared mixes featuring our favorite Punk Hooks and New Era Dance Pop. In exchange, 8Tracks has made us a mix of hidden indie rock gems

Enjoy this mix, and head over to make your own sometime at

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ange on 11/01/2012 at 04:00PM

Remix Contest Deadline Extended

To help those recovering from Hurricane Sandy damage, the deadline for our Remix Contest with the Prelinger Archives has been extended to Sunday, November 11th at 11:59PM ET. The contest challenges producers to explore the possibilities of open digital libraries by using them to create a picture of The Past Re-imagined As The Future. You can even win an iThing!

Those of you with power can enjoy the incredible submissions we've already received on our contest portal, check out Jason's Hurricane Sandy mix, and get your tickets to our public screening and keynote on November 29.


Nov 11: 
Submissions Deadline
Nov 12: Judging and Public Voting Begins
Nov 25: End of the Public Voting
Nov 29: Winners Announced online and in a public screening at NYC's Anthology Film Archives

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ange on 10/31/2012 at 04:30PM

The Free Music Archive Now Plays in Mobile Browsers

Now presenting our new HTML5 audio player! It looks exactly the same as it did before, but it can now stream the FMA music you adore using most mobile browsers.

We recommend using it in Chrome or Safari on your iOS (e.g. iPhone, iPad) or Android devices. There are a few exceptions that we're still working on. As of this blog post, the new player doesn't work on mobile Opera (iOS + Android), mobile Firefox (Android), or Android's stock browser. Leave us a comment below if you have specific feedback on how our new player is performing.

If you really, really adore this new functionality, you should send a love letter to the guy who built this for us.

Don't have a mobile device like all the other hip dogs and cats? If you enter our video remix contest with the Prelinger Archives you might just win an iPad! The deadline for entries is November 4th at 11:59pm ET.

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