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

“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” Weekly April 23rd Playlist with Guava, Tunefruit’s Stock Music Specialist

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We took a few weeks off, but we’re back, and fruity than ever! Here’s this week’s taste of some fresh new music coming into our stock music library that I (Guava) just absolutely love!

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1. “Turkey Sticks” –  Driekelvin

We’re gonna start this party with a healthy dose of pure zany quirk.  I mean, the track is called “Turkey Sticks” – and that’s actually a really good name for it.  This 8bit silly chip tune is perfect for a game app, a cartoon, or any video that needs piles of smiles.  Mario’s in da’house ya’ll!

2. “I Am The Shit” –  Little Pioneer

Yet another well named pick: “I Am The Shit” – kinda says it all.  Imagine if Kid Rock scored a Steven Soderbergh film.  A vegas-style heist where the thieves all wear cowboy hats, pull up on Harleys, and take the booty back to the trailer park to party with strippers.  It’s a little rock, a little hip-hop, and a lot of attitude.  It’s the shit.

3. “Raindrops” – Fredlmusic

OK, it’s raining outside.  This track totally sets that mood.  It’s a little sad, a little lonely – Are the raindrops a metaphor for tears?

4. “African Celebration” – TOYINVENTION

Let’s all take a musical journey to Africa.  Elephants are dancing.  The natives are making baskets.  Jeff Corwin is making Facebook friends with the local wildlife.  The Lion King will sleep tonight.

5. “Happy Ride” – Kubed

A crazy kooky funky track probably best described as “glitch hop” – This unique, strange wonderful creation might just be the ticket if you don’t know what you are looking for or how to describe it.  Sometimes music searches are like that.  You want something you haven’t heard before.  Like this.

6. “Shiny Happy World” – AGsoundtrax

A walk in the park.  A stroll on the boardwalk.  Ukulele, a little glockenspiel – a pep in your step.  It’s a shiny happy world and we just live in it.

7. “Looking at the Stars” – EGproductions

Sparkling celestes and beautiful orchestrations create a magical whimsical fairytale land.  This is absolutely the musical storybook that begins “Once Upon A Time…”

8. “Big Band Opener” – Digital_Harmony

Live from New York – It’s Saturday Night!