The Music Flashcard

Each post in Public Domain 4U features one outstanding recording from the past.
We call these posts Music Flashcards, and each one has a downloadable mp3 link.
If you’re new at this, all you need to do to download an mp3 you like is:
Right Click -> Save As on the link where it says “Play/Download mp3.”
Or you can just sit back and enjoy, as the player automatically plays these
wonderful songs, with one click


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Thomas February 1, 2013 at 4:23 am



PD4U Moderator February 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Why thank you Thomas.


Lukas February 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

Thank you very much for this site. I was searching for royalty free music because we’re in the progress of producing a small documentary / advertisement film and the music question was/is quite nerve-racking because of the copyright laws etc. So we’re going to use some music from your site just to be safe.

Awesome music collection and awesome service!
Keep up the good work :)


PD4U Moderator February 10, 2013 at 1:25 am

Hi Lukas, Thanks for visiting, glad you’re enjoying the music here. You’ll have to do your own research to determine if a song qualifies for the specific use you want. Cheers and best of luck with your project!


Madison February 11, 2013 at 6:15 am

Hey Lucas,

Wondering if you found anything out about whether or not these songs can be used in film/media projects? Having a difficult time figuring that out myself.




Llewi March 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I was looking into this also, specifically the song Stack O’Lee Blues by Mississippi John Hurt, and it looks like you have to check if the recording is owned by a Label.

Turned out that the song I want to used, though much research and finding out who owns old label companies etc., is actually owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

So you would have to ask permission to use it as far as I can figure out.



Jaime February 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I wanted to make sure that I can legally use the song One Way Gal, by William Moore, downloades from here, for a video. I understand that it is now public domain. Is that correct?


PD4U Moderator February 10, 2013 at 1:25 am

Hi Jaime,

You’ll have to do your own research to determine if a song qualifies for the specific use you want. Cheers and best of luck with that!


stuart February 28, 2013 at 2:23 pm

hi love the site but i was wondering can you download the music ?


PD4U Moderator February 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Hi Stuart,

Thanks! Yes you can download the music. Check out the instructions here it’s easy. Enjoy!


Rosa March 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I tried the right click to download but that does not work for me at all. Am I doing something wrong?


PD4U Moderator March 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Hi Rosa, Do you mean on this page? If so I see the confusion – the graphic above is just an illustration of how our Music Flashcards work. Just click on it to get to a song, and you can download any of the mp3s with a Right-Click “Save As”
Hope that helps! Enjoy


Daniel March 12, 2013 at 11:48 am

Dear Moderator,

So I need to be perfectly clear here. You have no idea whether we can use the songs for any personal non-profit project/podcast/film/vodcast/student project. This site is designed purely for the purpose of allowing access to songs that can be downloaded and listened to personally. Would this be a correct surmise?


PD4U Moderator March 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hi Daniel,

Yes, that’s correct this site is an introduction to this wonderful music, not a clearance house for individual projects.


Bob Bello April 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Oh, this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. Godspeed!
Bob Bello


Z August 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Hey there guys,

Love the site and listening to some of this great classic music!
Quick question, and I know you are not functioning as a clearance house, but maybe you can help. These songs are public domain, so I’m assuming that if I was making a film and wanted one of the characters to sing part of one of these songs to himself (not an actual full cover version or use of the original track, just to sing part of the lyrics), then that is considered fair game?
Thanks for your help in advance!


Kevin Thomsen September 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I need to download some PD Duke Ellington. But don’t know how to do it on a Mac? Help?


PD4U Moderator September 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hi Kevin,

All you need to do to download an mp3 on Mac is:
ctrl Click -> “Save Link As…” on the link where it says “Play/Download mp3.”


Fadel October 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Hey , i just want to ask you . Is this free to use ? No Copyrights? Because i need emotional piano music for a Film Competition that i am in and i am underaged to pay legal . I need an emotional piano music which is clean , no copyrights or anything , it’s just free to use and just have to credit the owner.


PD4U Moderator October 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for your interest, as we have mentioned before the music on this site is available for mp3 download, but we recommend you do you own research to find if the emotional piano piece you want to use is free from copyright to allow you to use it in a video or film.


Beth Russell October 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Is there any way to download the music to my pc?


Eric Din October 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Hi Beth,
To download an mp3:
Right Click -> Save As on the link where it says “Play/Download mp3.”


Burt January 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm

WOW ! thank you, have been looking for some royalty music for some you tube home films, just the right place & Great Music. Thank you


Andrew October 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Are these songs available for use in a short film since they are in the public domain? Thanks!


Gerry Straatemeier November 16, 2014 at 3:05 am

I’m looking for some music in the public domain that I can use commercially. I would write lyrics or new lyrics, change some notes here and there and have someone record the tunes. Is such a thing possible? I know just enough about music to be dangerous, lol. I have no desire to be a famous songwriter, just to have some tunes that people will enjoy with my own lyrics.

My preferred genre for this is swing or jazz, maybe 50’s pop, but a playlist of any music I could use in this manner would help me a lot. Thanks for sharing all this music for personal use, I love it.

Thanks so much,


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