Top 6 Best Royalty Free Stock Music Sites 2018
Royalty free music has come a long way since the cheesy lounge style tracks you used to get. There are a lot of myths however it has improved massively over the last few years with much higher production standards than ever before. In this fast paced world video production companies don’t always have the time or resources to produce music in house – so that’s where royalty free music comes in!
The quality can vary slightly from one royalty free music site to the other as it boils down to how it’s vetted (whether the stock music is hand-picked or not). Price is also an important factor when deciding, which is where licensing models play and crucial part. You can find Royalty Free music anywhere from £4 to £500 on certain websites, which is less the production costs and more down to the licensing options.
Obviously there are a lot of royalty free music websites out there however we have come across a few which stand out. Take a look at our top 6 favourite royalty free music websites below based mostly on price, quality and licensing.
Straightforward → AudioBlocks
Average Track price: $99/Year (Unlimited Downloads) or 7 day free trial
- Hand picked and exclusive tracks
- Simple pricing and licensing models
- Free watermarked versions for you to test in your project
- Looped (15, 30 and 60 secs) versions or full track
- Help with finding the track you need
Flexible → Soundstripe
Average Track price: $15/Month or $135/Year (Unlimited Downloads)
- Music is licensed for any format (YouTube, TV Broadcast)
- In house music and curated list independent artists
- Sort by genre, mood, etc. Perfect for video editing music, no matter what type of project.
- Playlist categories to help you find what you need instantly!
- Filter functions allow you to search their database based on mood and the narrative of your video.
Reasonably Priced → AudioJungle
Average Track price: $19
- Cheap prices – Tracks start at $1 (the perfect option if you’re on a budget!).
- Simple licensing options
- Very easy to find a decent track
- Not all of their songs are exclusive however they have a massive library (over 350,000!).
- Certain tracks are made for looping
Simple → Pond5
Average Track price: $35
- Reasonably priced (musicians can set their own prices).
- Useful search and categorizing system, allowing users to search by duration, date of upload, artist, sales, views and price.
- All royalty free music is quality checked before being added to their library.
- Sample the track before you buy
- Option to contact the musician directly
Intuitive → Shutterstock
Average Track price: $42
- Intuitive search feature (keywords are screened to ensure the effectiveness of the search).
- Easily start adding additional keywords, genre’s, or duration to quickly find relevant music.
- Vigorous quality review process
- Sample the track before you buy
- Basic 2 tier pricing model which specific licenses to match your needs
Impressive → MusicBed
Average Track price: $199
- Popular artists as well as alternative/indie based musicians
- Higher quality but slightly more expensive
- Search for songs based on specific style of music such as dubstep, gypsy, mysterious, and raw.
- Fun interface – visual waveforms allow you to preview the tempo and structure of a song.
What Royalty Free Music licence should I purchase?
The two main types of royalty free music licences are Standard (for YouTube, personal websites, non-commercial video/films/theatre) and then Extended (for Television, Film & Radio Advertising). The first licence is the most common and allows you only pay one single price regardless of the amount of video views and how long it’s online. The second is a little more complicated and basically includes the standard licence plus a variable track usage fee (which includes an amount of plays or media copies).
Don’t bother trying to use copyrighted tracks, they sound great but will get you into all sorts of trouble if you’re caught! Royalty free music is a great way to quickly and easily license music for legitimate use in your video projects. So, next time you purchase royalty free music, feel good about it knowing that you’re supporting your fellow freelancer!
Do you have any you’d like to add to our list? Let us know in the comments!