Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Royalty-Free music services

Last week, I was developing a video and required some background music for it. In general, I make a friend of mine to prepare the musical composition required for my video but this time she was not in town. And I had to finish off the video, so I fed the big brother about my requirements and it threw up some interesting resources for Royalty-Free music. Royalty free music means that you either download music tracks for free or you pay a one-time fee to gain access to music. Then, you can do everything the original artist allows you to make with it and for as many times as you want.

Here I share some of the Royalty-Free music services.
  • Jamendo

    Jamendo is an online music community where musicians publish their songs in a royalty-free fashion under a Creative Commons license. Jamendo is free to join and you don't even have to register to download music. Tracks are available either in the MP3 or the OGG file formats and you can download any song by receiving a link at your email address or using P2P sharing networks.

  • Opsound

    Opsound is a royalty-free music service where you can download free, open music tracks without even registering. All music tracks submitted by indie artists are licensed under a Creative Commons license and are also available for commercial use. Downloads are either available in the OGG or the MP3 file format. No Pro account is available.
  • Dig.ccMixter

    Dig.ccMixter is a service where you can browse the music archive of the ccMixter community music site, which offers a vast selection of royalty-free music tracks released under a Creative Commons license. You can find and download free MP3 music tracks for either personal or commercial use.

  • Royalty Free Music Library

    The Royalty Free Music Library is a large archive of free, open music tracks that you can purchase and download to use in your video productions. Songs cost $39.99 each, but discounts are available if you buy multiple music tracks. Every song is available in the MP3 and WAV file format and it is openly licensed to be used inside audio / video projects, but not to be shared, transferred or sold.

  • Free Music Archive

    The Free Music Archive is a royalty-free music resource on the web where you can download open and unrestricted music tracks to enrich multimedia projects like video clips. You can also share all music tracks you download, but you are not allowed to remix or sell them.

  • AudioJungle

    AudioJungle is a royalty-free music service where you can purchase and download free music tracks to use in your video clips. There are music tracks available for as low as $1. The regular license of AudioJungle allows you to use the music in your video projects, but not to resell any of the tracks or your video clips where the tracks are featured.

  • Music Bakery

    Music Bakery is a royalty-free music archive where you can purchase and download free music tracks from independent artists. Music tracks start from $29 each and are available in the MP3 format. Every song you purchase can be freely used inside original video clips or other kinds of multimedia projects. Commercial use is also permitted.

  • Incompetech

    Incompetech is a royalty-free music service created by composer Kevin MacLeod, which offers original and unrestricted music tracks for free download. All songs downloaded from incompetech can be used for either personal or commercial video projects. Using the dedicated search engine on the site you can filter your music search by genre, feel or keywords.

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