The internet is full of websites that allow downloading Hindi songs free. These downloads are actually not legal in any sense. How can someone give you songs to download for free that is actually being sold.
One thing is for sure that these very sites are full of pop-ups, malware, and adware. This basically means that the data stored in your computer is in danger. You are exposing your data to be ripped by a hacker. (I browsed some illegal free download sites for research purposes).
Downloading free music will also deny the maker of the music the monetary benefits which they rightly deserve. The Indian Music Association is very much helpless in this regard because the servers which actually store these songs are elsewhere outside India.
But still I have a gut feeling as international relations of India increases and with more stricter cyber laws they will surely crack the whip on at least some the sites which allow free downloads.
Also, the sites listed below are DRM free which means you can legally transfer music to your computer, Ipod or cell phone once you buy the songs.1) Flipkart.com
Since starting as a selling books only website Flipkart has come a long way. After launching products in various categories they have now come with mp3 downloads. You can download songs directly to your PC or phone. They have songs from most of the Indian languages. Newer albums can be bought from about 80-100 Rs, some individual songs are listed at Rs. 6 whereas older ones cost as low as 20 Rs. or even less.
All the songs that you'll buy goes into your music library and can be re-downloaded again.2) Hungama.com
Hungama.com has a huge collection of songs, videos, ringtones etc. that you can download at very reasonable price. Hungama.com also has a monthly subscription where in you could download songs (complete album) in as low as Rs. 99 (At the time of writing).3) Raaga.com
Raaga is one another site which has a large collection of songs. Raaga also allows users to download songs as well as listen online. Regular prices are USD .99 or Rs. 12 (for users from India). In addition to Hindi songs it also offers Bengali, Tamil, Bhojpuri to name a few. As long as I know this is arguably the first legal Indian website to give downloads on the net.4) Saregama.com
Sa re ga ma is one of the largest music companies that has rights of many Hindi songs. Songs can also be downloaded from this site.5) Amazon.com (For International Users)
If you live out of India and would like to buy music CDs then amazon.com also has a large collection of Hindi songs. Latest movies are also available instantly, however, it is also a good source for old songs.
There also several websites that offer listening songs for free. Raaga.com also allows free streaming of songs.Other sites to try.
In.com - Large collection.
Saavn.com - Large collection of Hindi and Tamil songs.
Gaana.com - Similar to Saavn but personally I like this much more than any other for online listening. You can create playlist, save it, and come back to re-listen. Features many pre-created playlist for you to choose from love songs, to dance to comedy or sad songs. Also has a mobile app for streaming of songs on your smartphone. Has app compatible for all platforms such as Android, IOS, Windows, and Blackberry. Just remember to on your wifi otherwise it can chew all your data plan.
Google.co.in/music Google has partnered with in.com, saavn.com and saregama to give all the songs at one place. The interface is also very decent and songs in the database is searchable. Listening songs at Google India music is a good experience. So listen songs online for free and if you like then buy it online.
Lastly, Dhingana.com also offers listening songs online for free. You can create your playlist, browse through the collection, and share with your friends on Facebook
(Update : Google music has ceased to exist and Dhingana has been acquired by rdio.com)So, support the music industry by downloading Hindi songs legally.