Download Free Classical Music at Wikipedia

How to Get Free Classical Music Downloads Through Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think about free classical music downloads, but Wikipedia's Sound/list page is actually a great place for downloading classical music.

You'll find a large selection of classical music downloads at Wikipedia: Sound/list from various composers and performers, and they're all organized by composer to make them easier to browse.

It's actually incredibly simple to download the free classical music from Wikipedia not only because you don't have to login to a user account to do it but also because all the music is in basically one place, and just a single click away from being downloaded to your computer.

Note: If you're looking for more than just classical music, see my lists of places to get free music downloads and places to listen to free music online.

How to Find Music at Wikipedia: Sound/list

The easiest way to find the classical music at Wikipedia is to visit their Wikipedia: Sound/list page. This is the main index of where all the classical music can be found.

All the music is categorized is subpages by composer, so start by choosing the letter of the composer's last name. You'll then be taken to a page full of classical music by composers with that last name.

On that new page, you can then sort the music by composer, file name, the year it was added to that Wikipedia list, and also by any comments that are given for that particular music file. Sorting is done by clicking on the boxes at the very top of the table of music.

If you don't know the composer by name of if you'd rather search by the title of the piece, you can use the search box instead of the alphabetical subpage links.

The search box lets you search within all of those different pages at once.

How to Download Music at Wikipedia: Sound/list

Before you download the free classical music from Wikipedia, you can listen to the audio right on the website by just clicking on the play button. Depending on the file type of the song, you may also be able to click on the file name itself and play the music in your browser that way.

Actually downloading the classical music to your computer is very simple and can be accomplished in two ways. The first is by right-clicking the title of the song and choosing to save it to your computer (you might instead be able to just left-click to start the download). Your other option is to click the MENU button off to the right of the song that you want, then click the download icon, and finally right-click the audio file from in there, and choose to save it.

Note: Most of the classical music on Wikipedia is in the OGG format. If you want the audio files to be in a different format, you can run them through a free audio converter after you've downloaded them so that you can save them as something else like MP3s.

Another way you can listen to the music on Wikipedia is through an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, with the Capriccio Free app. Know that this will only let you stream the music from those devices, not download the songs onto the device and store them with other songs you may have.

Other Ways to Get Free Classical Music Downloads

Wikipedia is a great source for classical music, but if you haven't been able to find what you're looking for or if you'd like to try out a similar website, I recommend Classic Cat, Musopen, Last.fm, and Free Music Archive.