Three Best Websites for Royalty Free Music on a Budget
Video is a powerful motivator. It can be something that engages your audience, encouraged them to buy, and promotes your brand. There’s a lot of moving parts to a successful video and a big piece of that is the choice of music.Music can make or break a great video. So, here at the Fake It ’Til You Make It blog, we want to help. Check out these three top websites we both use and recommend.
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3. YouTube Audio Library
Believe it or not, one of our favorite choices is absolutely free. YouTube has a robust library of songs across a number of genres, styles and lengths. They have everything from dramatic music to country and electro.
Most songs on their library can be used in any project – commerical or otherwise. They also have a number of songs that are free but require attribution to the artist. As long as you don’t mind doing that on your video, they’re a good option.
They also have a number for sound effects and a list of popular songs that you can use in your videos without getting copyright infringement notices if you really want.. say that one Alicia Keys song in your video.
Best off, these are all free. Downside. They’re free. Which means that other people use them too, so your video won’t be entirely unique if you use them. That said, a great option that we use.
When part of an Audioblocks subscription you can download the songs from his massive library. Their library is expansive and rapidly growing.
Upside is that they don’t require attribution and the songs are yours for life, even without an active AudioBlocks account in the future. They also have a 7-day free trial where you can download all the songs you want whether you stay with them or not. Downside, a monthly or annual subscription that can go to waste if you don’t use it.
Our favorite royalty free song depository on the web. Pond5 has prices ranging from free to exorbitant (honestly), but it really depends on your needs. For the most part you can find a solid song between $5 – $35 and be extremely happy with it.
The search feature is very robust and their library is massive. You can even download samples with the Pond5 watermark on it to test it in a video. The song just says “Pond5” every few seconds.
Their songwriter community is solid and talented, and its really easy to find options and different takes. You can even filter by beats per minute, keyword searches, and in some cases even “sound alike artists”. The songs are of much higher quality than YouTube’s and the content is larger than both YouTube and AudioBlocks.
You’ll definitely be able to find something here. Pond5 is certainly my first and foremost recommendation as a place to source your songs.
Upside is that they have a huge library with tons of filtering options. Downside, they have a limited time to redownload the song in the future in the event you lose it. You still own the license forever, but if you’ve not backed up the file somewhere and its years later you may have lost it for good.
Still, worth it for the pricing, commercial copyright license and royalty free music that you can use for ever and as often as you want!