Okay, first thing’s first… what exactly is royalty free music? In its simplest form, royalty free is a license that requires a once-off payment in exchange for lifetime usage of whatever’s being purchases. For the sake of this article, we will be discussing royalty free music.
There are many resources available online for music but not all offer music royalty free. I’ve put together a collection of _ royalty free sites perfect for your podcast!
Incompetech features some really awesome music that comes with a very relaxed creative commons license making all his work free for use as long as credit is given. You can even edit the music and make it your own, as long as this is indicated.
All music found in the Free Music Archive is free for use to anyone and everyone. Certain tracks might have stricter licenses but this will be stipulated on a track-by-track basis. ALL tracks will however require credit to the original artist.
Machinima sound says it best “When you buy a license to a piece of music, that music is yours to use for an unlimited amount of projects in any media (including but not limited to Games, Film, TV, Radio) worldwide, forever whether commercial or non-commercial.”
This site is unique in the sense that the intended purpose is for collaborations between musicians, singers, and DJs. Again, all tracks are free for use, with some having certain restrictions. Each track will have its license clearly indicated.
5. Audio Jungle
Audio Jungle is a subsidiary of the great Envato Market, who offers a variety of media (audio, video, website themes, photos etc), with all audio priced from $1. While you will have to pay for music, Audio Jungle offers a massive selection of audio pieces (609,137 to be exact.) You can also have peace of mind knowing that audio from Audio Jungle is guaranteed top quality.
Musopen’s ‘About’ page says “Musopen is a non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”
Partners in Rhyme is one of the original music resources with an online presence, being founded in 1994. Each piece again has its own individual rights but the majority are offered free for commercial use.
8. Dano Songs
Dan-O, a singer songwriter who also creates his own instrumentals, offers an assortment of tracks totally free for commercial use. Donations are encouraged!
All music from Bensound.com is free in exchange for credit. However, Bensound does give the option to purchase a pro license which offers high quality music files and no credit requirement. Head to bensound.com for a breakdown chart of license comparisons.
10. Purple planet
Purple planet is a three man team based out of England that produces very high quality music that combines the “natural feel” of instruments with software instruments and sample collections. They offer a free download section that requires credit.
11. Audio Blocks
Audioblocks offers a unique unlimited downloads subscription model with no restrictions or hidden fees. This site is very affordable and convenient, with membership plans starting at $79. Just a quick side note, according to TechCrunchthis site is