YouTube MP3 is easily getting 400 million visitors — a month. And it’s bigger than SoundCloud. But who are the other free mp3 music download giants? Here are 10 of the top sites, worldwide.
Last updated: November 6th, 2016. All mp3 music download traffic stats supplied by SimilarWeb.
MP3juices.cc is rapidly becoming one the largest mp3 music download sites in the world. The US-based site offers tons of free mp3s, and combines that functionality with YouTube videos. That may represent a new generation of free mp3 music download sites, especially as Youtube to MP3 converters surge.
According to SimilarWeb, MP3juices.cc is about to become one of the 500 largest sites in the US. Worldwide, MP3juices.cc is about to break into the top 1,000.
Just recently, MP3juices.cc started breaking 60 million visitors a month. That massive traffic volume is probably fueled by a layout that combines a YouTube viewer with easy MP3 audio downloads. That’s similar to what YouTube MP3 is doing, except that MP3juices.cc brings the entire experience into one site.
These guys are obviously delivering a ton of downloads. They’re also making a ton of money, judging by the overload of ads on the site.
emp3z.com is one of the fastest-rising free mp3 music download services on the web. The site, at emp3z.com, is rapidly approaching 27 million unique visitors a month. By year-end, those traffic volumes are likely to surpass 50 million a month.
In terms of growth, emp3z.com is meteoric. Astoundingly, the site only started appearing in July, and is growing more than 50% month-over-month. Also based in India, emp3z.com offers a mix of Western pop and Bollywood music.
emp3z.com enabled super-fast downloads, in the US and other countries. The site, which focuses heavily on free mp3s, claims DMCA protection.
Just like the name sounds, convert2mp3.net converts streaming videos into downloads. The site is just like YouTube MP3, but also allows users to search for video content straight from its page.
Looks like this copycat formula is working perfectly for this German site. According to SimilarWeb, convert2mp3.net draws more than 80 million visitors a month. It’s a top 50 site in Germany, and a top 500 site in the world. That makes it one of the largest mp3 music download site in the world, with massive conversions daily.
So far, convert2mp3.net has been operating below the radar. As far as we know, the site hasn’t received any crackdowns yet. In fact, a shutdown of YouTube MP3 could work to its advantage. Stay tuned.
4. Zing MP3
You’ve probably never heard of Zing MP3. But this is the ninth largest website in Vietnam, and the 4th largest free mp3 music download hub in the world. It gets more than 60 million visits in a typical month, according to SimilarWeb.
As you’d expect, Zing is targeted towards Vietnamese and Southeast Asian audiences. But major, US-driven hits are also offered.
In fact, Zing, which resides at mp3.zing.vn, combines videos, lyrics, and downloads into one interface. That’s now a growing trend among free mp3 music download destinations, with combined YouTube to Mp3 and download interfaces gaining popularity.
Also a Vietnamese free mp3 music download giant, NCT focuses more heavily on localized content. Western and European content is definitely available, with worldwide pop hits from artists like Beyonce searchable. But NCT, at nhaccuatui.com, is definitely restricting downloads on a lot of that material. Or, even preventing its video playback.
Those restrictions are only modestly hampering NCT’s reach. According to SimilarWeb, NCT is the 14th largest site in Vietnam, and a top 1,000 ranked website worldwide.
Overall, NCT attracts more than 30 million visitors worldwide, according to SimilarWeb.
The site serves free mp3 music downloads for pretty much any song, starting with Mexican and Latino music. But they also offer the biggest hits as well, spanning everything from Drake to Kaskade. And MP3XD attempts to anonymize all mp3 music downloads.
As you might expect, MP3XD gets most of its traffic from Mexico. But it also draws huge visitor traffic from Spain, Argentina, Colombia, and Venezuela.
This Russian mp3 music download giant delivers a wide range of free media. That includes music, with a huge list of chart-topping tracks available for download. In fact, it’s easily one of the largest free mp3 music download hubs in Russia and Eastern Europe.
In terms of traffic, Zaycev.net is easily breaking 30 million visitors a month, according to SimilarWeb. That makes it a top 80 site in Russia, though the site has disabled all downloads to the US. That suggests a recent crackdown, or at least a preventative maneuver. Looks like someone came knocking, and that could hurt Zaycev’s chances of beating bigger competitors like MP3juices.cc.
Still, this is a giant mp3 music download hub, with a worldwide ranking of just over 1,100.
8. Mr. Jatt
Mr. Jatt (mr-jatt.com) is a free mp3 music download site specializing in Punjabi songs. This is easily one of the largest music destinations in that area, and quickly growing. According to stats from SimilarWeb, Mr. Jatt is quickly reaching 30 million visitors a month. It also ranks as one of the 75 largest sites in India.
As you might expect, lmost all of Mr. Jatt’s traffic comes from India and Pakistan, followed by small traffic volumes from the United States and United Kingdom.
And now for some truly massive sites for mp3 music downloads…
These other sites fit into slightly different categories. One is a straight YouTube to MP3 converter, the other a torrent hub. But both are absolutely huge sources for mp3 downloading. In fact, they are among the largest sites in the world, across all categories.
9. YouTube MP3
Easily the largest site for free mp3 music downloads, YouTube MP3 (at youtube-mp3.org) draws roughly 400 million visitors a month. According to SimilarWeb, which tracks online traffic, Youtube MP3 is even bigger than SoundCloud.
The secret may be its interface. YouTube MP3 does one thing, and it does it well: convert YouTube videos to MP3s.
10. The Pirate Bay
The music industry has been trying to shut down the Pirate Bay for more than ten years. So has Hollywood, the FBI, and the entire gaming industry.
It’s not working. Amazingly, as of this writing, the Pirate Bay lives at its old harbor, thepiratebay.org. Personally, I can’t understand how that’s even possible, but go see for yourself.
According to SimilarWeb, the Pirate Bay easily remains one of the largest free mp3 music download destinations in the world. As of September, the Pirate Bay drew more than 250 million visitors — a month. And it keeps shifting locations, despite endless raids, shutdowns, and imprisonments.
The Pirate Bay is a torrent hub, which means it’s a repository of torrent links. That’s entirely different from a YouTube to MP3 converter, and preferred by those seeking full albums and movies. That is, in massive quantities.
Now, with the shutdown of Kickasstorrents, TPB is mounting a comeback to the torrenting throne. And the war on the piracy high seas continues.
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