Freemake Music Box

10/4/2012 3:09:57 PM

For those of you who are a little tired of the likes of iTunes, Spotify, or whoever, dominating the streaming music market, fear not. For there is a new kiddie on the block: Freemake Music Box.

Firstly, Freemake Music Box is a 100% legal music streaming application that indexes music which has been legally posted on the Internet, with a special emphasis on the legal' side, especially in this day and age of grey area legal music listening. Secondly, there are no adverts, banners, commercials or nasty pop-ups to ruin your audio enjoyment. And lastly, it's free; no matter what country or ISP you inhabit, and, as an added bonus, there's also no registration of the software required. I must admit, I'm becoming quite the fan of Freemake's list of free applications; already the Freemake Video Converter has been used regularly enough to achieve the lofty position of 'permanently installed' on my working system, and now Freemake Music Box is fast approaching that Valhalla of lucky applications.

Description: Freemake Music
Freemake Music

To start with, point your collective browsers to: and download the 1.1MB installer. After executing, the installer will contact the Freemake servers and download/install the remainder of the 20MB or so of program files. After the installation has finished you'll be presented with a clean, uncluttered, yet remarkably sparse interface. The top right bar is the search; simply type in the name of the artist, or track and hit enter. The results will be displayed in the section below the search bar, along with a familiar play icon and a plus icon next to them.

Clicking on the play icon will, obviously, play the selected track, while clicking the plus icon will add the track to your personal Playlist, in the column on the left. Playback, pause, fast-forward, shuffle and repeat are all available via the mini, integrated music player above the playlist. And, finally, below the playlist is a video previewing window, should the track come with one, which can be hidden to expand the playlist and improve the bandwidth of the playing track. There was some difficulty in obtaining the odd music video, but as long as you use FMB as a music player, then you'll have nothing to worry about.

By clicking on the My Playlist link, you have the option to create custom music collections by adding individual tracks; unfortunately, as of yet, there is no way to transfer those playlists from PC to PC, but the developers have a number of new features up their sleeves for future releases, one of which is a playlist network sync across multiple machines, and mobile devices, and another being a web-based version that eliminates the need to even install the software.

Description: Oh yeah, workout music. For FREE!
Oh yeah, workout music. For FREE!

With its minimalistic interface and easy to use controls, Freemake Music Box is by far one of the better legal music streamers available. Its fast, ad-free environment is a blessing in the world of the modern app. being registration and commercially free also benefits those who don't want the rest of the world to know what they're listening to, while keeping you on the right side of the legal music minefield. All this plus the added benefit of coming from a development company that's keen to update its wares and is continually improving them, means that Freemake's Music Box is bound to become the friend of the PC music fan who wants to create decent playlists while tapping away at their keyboard. Well worth a download!

Features at a Glance

Powerful music search

Playlist creation

Free, totally and unreservedly

Legal music only

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