Get 1,000 free song downloads from Microsoft

Yes, Microsoft. The company has partnered with music site ReverbNation to give away a whopping 1,000 tracks, all of them available in MP3 and M4A formats.

Like music? Like free music? You may remember my previous post about the mammoth library of free MP3s at Amazon (which is now nearing 1,000 tracks).

Don't stop there. Music-marketing and -discovery site ReverbNation is offering 1,000 free song downloads. No strings, no software to install, just a big fat library of free tunes.

It may take you a while to download all 1,000 free tunes, but at least the price is right. ReverbNation

Though sponsored by Microsoft, the giveaway makes tracks available in both M4A and MP3 format--there's not a WMA in sight. Certainly no DRM.

The songs span seven genres, including alternative, pop, jazz, and hip-hop. You can filter the list by genre or alphabetically by artist, but there's no search option. What's more, you can't download the full library at once or even batches of it; you must download each track individually.

Also, don't expect to find any Kings of Leon or Raconteurs here; the collection is largely of indie artists.

Still, free is free, and if you're looking to stock your iPod with some fresh tunes, look no further.

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