Free stock music sites are getting better and better - here's where to look for a tune to accompany your YouTube video.
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Having great music can go a long way towards improving your video content and keeping your audience engaged. When you use music in your YouTube videos it is important to make sure that it is royalty free. Otherwise, your videos could be flagged for copyright and taken down.
In this piece, we will look at six places you can get royalty free songs to use in your online videos:
YouTube Audio Library - YouTube provides its users with a huge selection of royalty free music at no cost. The licenses for some tracks require artist attribution, which means you need to credit to the original band or artist. Music which requires attribution is clearly labelled.
All of the music in YouTube’s library is sorted by genre, so you can easily browse for certain kinds of music. You can even favorite songs you like so you can find them again quickly. Besides music, the YouTube Audio Library also includes royalty free sound effects.
The songs in YouTube’s library are for both non-commercial and commercial use.
Filmora Music Library - Filmora Video Editor has a built in library of royalty free music from real bands.
The genres range from hipster-folk to electronic rock. There are no limits on how you can use any of the songs in Filmora’s library. No attribution is required, and both commercial and non-commercial use is allowed. You can download the latest version of Filmora at www.filmora.wondershare.com.
Stock music has improved dramatically in recent years
FreePD - On www.FreePD.com they have collected a large number of songs considered public domain. This means that artists have chosen to give up their ownership rights.
While royalty free songs will sometimes be accidentally flagged by YouTube for copyright infractions this is far less likely to happen when you use music that is public domain. It costs $14 to download FreePD’s entire library.
AudioJungle - www.AudioJungle.net has a large selection of royalty free music and sound effects which you can buy either one at a time or in themed packages. An individual song can cost anywhere from $7 to $19 dollars. You will be able to use music from AudioJungle in your online video project without restriction with their standard license, but there are different levels of licensing for television and other mediums which will increase your price.
MusicBed - Over 650 indie musicians and composers have contributed to the library on www.MusicBed.com.
Pricing and licensing depends on the song, what you want to use it for, and how big your company is. Getting music from MusicBed could turn into more of an investment, but it could be a worthwhile investment. The music has all been created by professional musicians.
Marmoset - The music on www.MarmosetMusic.com costs quite a bit more than on a lot of the other sites listed in this article. A Small Business License costs a minimum of $199, and could end up being $999 depending on how large the business is.
The costs are lower for non-commercial uses, but they are still quite a bit more than on a site like AudioJungle. A Home Video license, for example, is $69. The music on Marmoset has all been curated by professional musicians, so you are guaranteed quality.
You can even have tracks customized, or have a completely original score crafted for your video content.
It’s important to remember that when music is royalty free, it means that the copyright holder has decided to allow video creators to use their work if they get a license for it. Licenses can be free, or they can cost money. How much a license costs, and what its conditions are, varies depending on where you get your music.
Most artists want a credit for using their work
The most common licensing condition is attribution – giving credit to the artist. Since royalty free music is still protected by copyright, YouTube’s automated system may still flag music you have a license to use. Disputing the claim and getting your video restored is usually fairly simple.
There are a lot of places you can go online to find great royalty free music for your YouTube projects.
Given the quantity of music available it should be possible for you to find the absolute perfect songs for your videos. It just takes some searching. There is a wide range of pricing, and pricing is often dependent on factors such as how large your brand is.
While quality songs are available for free, you may find that your perfect soundtrack is a bit of an investment. It is even possible to have unique music created for you, if you are willing to pay for something like that.
Now it’s up to you to find the right track for your video.