The Christmas holiday can really be a strain on your wallet, but it doesn't have to be a strain on your ears. You can be freed from the prison that is Alvin and the Chipmunks and the latest pop cover of your once-favorite Christmas carol.
Take back control of your Christmas music with free songs from Amazon. Every year, Amazon offers dozens of festive songs you can download for free, so you can get back to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong or listen to Christmas carols from Pentatonix.
More songs are added all month long, so you don't have to worry about getting bored with your selection of Christmas music. Amazon has even more freebies if you're an Amazon Prime member.
You can get over 40 free songs in a streaming holiday playlist, and there are dozens of Christmas albums that you can download for free with Amazon Prime.
You will need to be signed in to your Amazon account to get free songs, and many of Amazon's freebies are for Prime members. When you find a song you like in a playlist, click on the Play button to the left of a song to hear a sample.
When you find a song you like, click "Get MP3" on the far right.
Even though the music is free, you'll need to click the button that says Place Your Order to continue. Don't worry, you won't be charged for the music.
Your music will be saved to your Amazon account. To listen to it you have a few options.
The easiest way to play your music is to access it through Amazon's Cloud Player. Just go to http://www.amazon.com/cloudplayer and sign in.
Amazon also has a desktop player you can download and an app for your smartphone or tablet. When you select the music, you'll have the option to enter an email address or your phone number.
If you enter either, you'll get the link to download the Cloud Player program for your desktop or mobile gadget. But you don't need to install anything to hear the music; the web-based Cloud Player works just fine.