The Top 6 Sites to Find Royalty Free Music

We know how hard it is to find the perfect website for royalty free music licensing.

There are so many websites that let you license music that it can get overwhelming fast! Fortunately for you, we’ve taken the liberty of digging up the best websites from across the internet.

This totally exhaustive list was curated very carefully based on a number of factors including UI, quality, user interface, and price.

Included below is the pricing structure and pros/cons of each site.

 

1. Pond5

PROS

  1. Large selection of music.
  2. Search is relatively intuitive.
  3. Great options between basic or premium subscription plans or purchase songs individually.

CONS

  1. UI can be a little unintuitive at times.
  2. No way to add or subtract tags in the search engine.
  3. Larger variety means more lower quality songs.

Price structure: $69/month for 5 downloads or $139/month for 10 downloads. You can also buy individual tracks where the artist sets the price. Minimum price for an individual track is $15 per track.

 

2. Audiojungle

PROS

  1. Unique option to filter music tempo.
  2. Accurate filters for both song length and price.
  3. Typical single tracks are pretty affordable.

CONS

  1. No hand picked songs from lesser known artists to give them exposure.
  2. UI feels slightly dated.
  3. You have to click play to listen to a track.

Price structure: Prices for individual tracks are set by the artist. Single tracks are typically $15-20 while track bundles are typically $50-75.

 

3. Tunefruit

PROS

  1. Tunefruit fresh picks that are hand picked based on quality.
  2. Outstanding customer service.
  3. New price point was recently lowered by 36% to $64.

CONS

  1. No way to share a playlist with a colleague.
  2. No option to adjust the scrubber from the results page.
  3. Slow roll out of new songs because of their hand selection process.

Price structure:

Tier 1 (Student Project) $20

Tier 2 (Personal Projects) $30

Tier 3 (Corporate video) $64

Tier 4 (Feature film/Documentary) $250

Tier5 (Regional broadcast advertisement) $500

 

4. Marmoset

PROS

  1. Accurate and customizable searches.
  2. Users can message artists to ask for small changes to a track such as changing instrumentation or adjusting length.
  3. Contour of the tracks are visible right in the front of the playback window.

CONS

  1. The playback menu is a little clunky because text is on top of it.
  2. Price for tracks is a bit higher than most other licensing sites.
  3. Anything more than a home video license will typically cost $200.

Price structure: All these tiers are the starting prices. As you add details, the price increases.

Podcast license $29

Photo Slideshow License $49

Home video $69

Wedding portrait $99

Small non-profit $119

Small business $199

Crowdfunding $199

Independent film $199

 

5. Musicbed

PROS

  1. Good quality soundtracks.
  2. Filters are easy to find.
  3. Smaller projects are more affordable.

CONS

  1. The layout is a little spartan.
  2. Not many tools on the playback window.
  3. Gets really expensive really fast if your project is anything more than small-scale.

Price structure: Once you add a track to your cart, Music bed will walk through a tree of options including use, employees etc. For example: a Promotional/branded content to be broadcasted externally from a company with 5-10 employees will cost $200.

 

6. Premium Beat

PROS

  1. Smooth and consistent UI which makes it easy to find and customize your search.
  2. Ability to choose a custom loop set.
  3. Includes handy keyboard shortcuts as a small boon to curating efficiency.

CONS

  1. Limited options for licensing.
  2. Purchasing tracks can sometimes become confusing.
  3. Site can be a little sluggish at times.

Price structure: Standard licenses are $49 and premium licenses are $199

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Tunefruit Featured Stock Music License: 2belgians

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The two gents from 2belgians put together this video for PM days 2015.

Project Management Days is a two-day event in Helsinki aimed at project management pros. 2belgians did a series of sales videos plus the event’s opening video, based on this playful comparison between professionals’ opinions and kids’ logic. The resulting videos provided a fresh and inspiring kick-off to the event.

Jeroen and Samuel of 2belgians (the two belgians, if you didn’t figure that out!) create videos for established businesses, startups, NGOs, and cultural events. They have expertise in animation, motion graphics, and narrative storytelling.

We’re always thrilled to have our production music be a part of a high-quality video series!

Tunefruit Featured Stock Music License: Nawi

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Well folks, file this awesome stock music license under SUPER-CUTE.

Nawi, an LA-based kids clothing, blankies, and plushies shop is 100% cute-overload. Focusing on dinosaurs (lovingly referred to as “dinos”) much the same way this little music licensing company likes to get fruity with our little bananas and mangos and kiwis, everything is made here in the US. Pretty cool.

Founders Nas and Whitney met up in New York in 2002. Fast forward to 2012, and Whitney’s daughter was totally digging on the dinos, and she was in the nascent phases of potty-training. Realizing that dropping some dinosaur action on her big-girl underwear could potentially persuade her daughter’s participation, she hatched Nawi with Nas.

With a focus on creating and manufacturing locally and a plan for sustainability (using shredded plastic bottles!), Nawi was born.

Ladies, nice origin story. And of course, we’re thrilled they used our quirky production music for their product and company video!

Whitney+++Nas

5 ways to find the perfect stock music track this holiday season

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Don’t want to read the article but you want to hear some awesome holiday stock music?

CLICK HERE: AWESOME HOLIDAY STOCK MUSIC PLAYLIST

Five ways to find the perfect stock holiday music this season:

We all love (dread?) the Holiday (stock) music season, don’t we folks?  It can be as solemn as a moonlight snowfall, or as gaudy as a thousand lights on a doublewide. Tis’ the season for topical videos, advertising spots, webpage updates, and greetings of all kinds.

You can choose the road high or low, but however you like to roll, here’s five tips for finding the perfect holiday stock music track for your next ad, explainer video, video marketing or whatever project:

#1. The Classics

Many of what we consider to be the standards of the holidays reside in the public domain, this means that most license catalogs will have versions of them ranging from orchestral to indie-rock.  Any of our artists can try their hand at breathing life into an old familiar tune with no issues to worry about. You’ll be happy to know that ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, and the ‘Hava Nagila’ are all in the public domain. At Tunefruit we have some fine and varied examples of these favorites, and many more to boot.

Click here to listen to see We Wish You a Merry Christmas Stock Music

#2. Extra Special Moments

Need a holiday stock music track that says “buy her a diamond, or suffer the consequences”?  Try using keywords like ‘romance’, ‘love’, ‘timeless’, or ‘spouse’. You will quickly have so much pure, uncut musical sentiment you may need a glass of water so you don’t choke. Roll a little moonlit snowfall footage, or a box with a bow, and you are halfway to being a holiday hero.

#3 Kids, Kids, Kids.

It’s all about the littlest whippersnappers at holiday time. Search for keywords like ‘kids playing’, ‘happiness’, ‘playtime’, or even ‘baby animals’ and get ready to party. Nothing says celebration like kids going nuts and having the time of their little lives. We have a ridiculous amount of fantastic kids jams, even the Grinchy-est of us will have our hearts melted. Even if you don’t need one for the holidays, listen to a few to ‘lighten up’ and psyche yourself up for the holidays (and all the many, so many things on your to-do list)

#4 The Soundalike

Most of the catchiest modern holiday songs are buried in copyright dollars, not snow. If you can’t get Sinatra singing your favorite, you can find a similar sounding track that you can easily license and use to your hearts’ content. Try searching for related keywords, like ‘sleigh-bells’, ‘snow’, or ‘gifts’, then try genres like ‘rock’ or ‘business corporate’.  A large variety of very pleasant tracks will pop up, and you will leave satisfied and with your budget intact.

#5 think outside the box, or the gift-box, or whatever…

If you want your video or site to say “holidays” without resorting to sleigh-bells or reindeer hoofs or some other obvious choice, try it from another angle.  Find a stock music track that’s got a wholesome family vibe, with the type of flavor you want, like a down-home acoustic instrumental.  When you pair it with imagery of a table with candles and fixins, or the oldest kid home from college with a present (and a sack of laundry), it will easily snuggle down into ‘holiday’ lane.

At Tunefruit we have all these options for fantastic holiday music and many more. Come explore and test them out for free. Songs so catchy they’ll hang around like Aunt Edna’s Famous Fruitcake.

“Loving it” Tunefruit Weekly Stock Music Playlist for November 9th

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Yeah, we know you’ve been clamoring for a bit of the good stuff. And when I say good stuff, I’m totally talking about awesome stock audio, great stock music, killer explainer video tunes. Oh yeah. That’s the stuff. We’ve got some hot tracks for you to check out below in our most recent Weekly Stock Music Playlist. Hurry up, dude. Click!

Easy Day – botabateau

A light, bright business corporate track – the sound of now.  Hand Claps – check. Glockenspiel – check.  A universally useful pile of smiles for explainer videos, kickstarter campaigns, or any project needing a healthy dose of sunshine.

Top of the World – Abbas Premjee

Oh, and speaking of sunshine – there is also this stroll in the park track.  Whistling and banjoes included – no extra charge for those.

Happy Kitsch Comedy – hakan-eriksson

We don’t know if you need any 60’s lounge kitsch silliness (with Vibraphones and Trombones) but if you do, here it is.  Perhaps a cooking show?  A retro flashback scene to a housewife?  A tribute to the movie Pleasantville?

Your Basic Boogie – Terry Blackwell

As advertised, this piece of twangy rockabilly sounds like Martha’s front porch at the end of the dirt road.  Roots heartland and dusty Americana – simple and… well… just your basic boogie for all your basic boogie needs.

Pop Dance – Fleisis

This week we leave you with a little somethin’ somethin’ to get down and party out the door with.  Teenybopper pop – just a bouncy good time.  Perhaps this is Left Shark’s new solo single?

“Loving it” Tunefruit Weekly Stock Music Playlist for September 1st

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Good Morning, Tunefruit! I hope you’ve got your listening ears on because today we’ve got some super-duper high quality stock music tracks prepared expressly for your auditory pleasure. I know you can’t get enough of these delectable fresh picks, they’re like little music candies wrapped in awesome. I think this awesome stock music would go very well with your next totally awesome explainer video production.

Eater Of Storms – Daniel Knowler

Space may not have an atmosphere, but this track more than makes up for it with an atmosphere of its own. Or maybe you prefer to spend your time here on earth, meandering through the desolate Arizona desert. Whether you’re driving aimlessly through the mojave or floating through the cosmos, let this track be your guide to nowhere in particular; with ambling post-rock at your back and the wind (or lack of it) in your face, you can feel free to just let yourself go and drift away.

Quirky Piano – John Frank Wayre

Personally, I’ve never been a huge fan of clowns, but kids just can’t seem to get enough of them. I know it’s because they’re skilled at slapstick and love throwing pies for reasons I’ll never understand (I mean who could waste a perfectly good pie?), but I just can’t trust a guy who wears shoes four sizes too big. What are you hiding in there clowns? No one has feet that size. Nevertheless, this ragtime track is perfect for those comedic moments and sure to keep your audience reeling in laughter.

Miracle Of Freedom – emanmusic

Is your motivational speech falling flat? Is your montage just not inspirational enough? Is your training video seriously lacking in the incentive department? If those run-of-the-mill contemporary motivational tracks just aren’t cutting it, step back in time with this wonder-pick straight outta the 80’s. Fog machine and neon purple lights not included.

Coloured Autumn – Anton G

It’s luxurious and smoky, like a night at a high-class night club. This is the sexiest track in town, ask any curator. There’s tracks, and then there’s Colored Autumn. I don’t always spotlight downtempo tracks, but when I do it’s this one by Anton G. Friends don’t let friends use sub-par stock music tracks. Listen responsibly.

30 Weight – Terry Blackwell

Meanwhile, in the mountains of Kentucky, moonshiners are distilling alcohol in radiators. Well, okay not anymore, since sometime after the Prohibition folks figured out that it’ll turn you blind. Or kill you. While these days you can run right down to the liquor store and pick up a jar of that good ole’ white lightning (and no, I don’t mean the movie with Burt Reynolds), it seems like with all this hoopla about swamp people and that dynasty of ducks (How does that work? Can ducks organize a monarchy?) it might be about time to step back to a simpler age where mountain men weren’t being followed around by a camera crew.

“Loving it” Tunefruit Weekly Stock Music Playlist for August 17th

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It’s that time yet again for another set of hot stock music tracks fresh from the curators’ oven. We’ve got your weekly serving of selections for all your production music needs, and I’m talking about some premium delicacies. Go ahead, dig right in and sample the tasty goodness of these delicious picks.

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The year is 2084, and mankind has established their first colony on the moon. What will they do now? Kick back and chill out of course. Alright, so it’s actually 2015 and we haven’t even landed on Mars (thanks NASA), but that doesn’t mean you can’t still relax with this atmospheric blend of chill vibes and reggae styles

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Wailing vocals drift over a somber acoustic guitar in this dreary and dismal track. It’s awfully lonesome out there sometimes, but now you can convey just how desperate things really are. Gosh, now I really need a pick-me-up.

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Mischievous fairies? Tricky gnomes? Puckish elves? We can’t help you with your pest control problem, but we do have just the right background for the wacky and whimsical misadventures you’ll have trying to get rid of them yourself.

Mellow Cosmoshakan-eriksson

Aww yeah, this psychedelic stock track sounds like it could have been sampled off a vinyl record straight from the 70’s, complete with electric organ and a sexy bass riff. I’m still waiting for parachute pants and shag carpet to come back in style (it will, I swear), but in the meantime check out this far out groove to get you in the mood.

Full Throttle – Anton G.

Bullets are flying through an Arabian bazaar and the action hero of your choice effortlessly dodges a barrage of blows from a couple of buff bad guys. Or maybe he’s calmly maneuvering a sleek and sexy sports car in a high-speed chase through the dusty, sand-strewn streets. Wait, now he’s having drinks in Mumbai while waiting for his foreign contact when he glimpses a spy from a rival corporation. Whatever the case, this track’s ready for whatever you’re throwing at it (much like your action hero).

“Loving it” Tunefruit Weekly Stock Music Playlist for August 11th

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Folks, here’s the latest batch of top-notch stock music tracks that we just had to highlight for your earholes this week! Looking for music for your explainer videos, production music for your agency projects? You have hit the mother lode…of stock music goodness.

Awake” – Seastock

You hear that? That’s the sound of summer nights spent kicking it with your first love on a California beach. Remember those days? This track certainly does, and it’s filled to the brim with youthful bliss and vintage styles. Best served with a tall glass of cherry coke and teenage daydreams.

Waltz Fantasy” – ilyatruhanov

A whimsical cello plays in an enchanted forest. Are those fairies flitting about, or just fireflies? Who knows, but this track’s jazz stylings would feel right at home in any of Grimm’s fantastic tales. Just watch out for the other creatures of the forest.

Clock Parts – David B.

This track brings to mind a child who wanders into a clockmaker’s shop, full of amazing trinkets and magical devices. The ticking machines begin to form rhythms and melodies, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe. Bring out your inner child by checking out this delightfully wistful track.

Snatch The Suitcase – Damnwell

Crack team of experts? Check. Sexy getaway car? Check. Suitcase full of money? We’re heading that way. The only thing missing now is some groovy background music to kick this plan into action, and this track is guaranteed to make you feel like one smooth criminal.

Sly Cat – Stern Muzik

Before we wrap this up, let’s go down the rabbit hole with this mischievous and playful track. We’ll join Alice on her way back to Wonderland, and just in time for tea. It’s perfect for moments that just get curiouser and curiouser…