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

5 Things to Consider When Choosing Music for Your Video

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If you want to make a great video, picking the right soundtrack is essential. As a video editing company, we at DreamItReel put a lot of time and thought into selecting a song that perfectly matches the style and purpose of each video we produce.

Here’s a list of things we consider when choosing music that can help you pick out the ideal soundtrack for your video.

  1. Music First, Video Second

Whether you’re editing the video yourself or giving it to someone else  it’s always a good idea to settle on the music first. You want the visuals to match the soundtrack, so if you change the music later on a good deal of your editing will be useless. In other words, changing the song can mean going back to square one.

  1. The Occasion

You’re not going to pick the same music for a wedding video that you would for a snowboarding video  are you? Considering the occasion, event, or subject is a good starting point when determining what song to use. Mango from TuneFruit wrote a detailed article on the DreamItReel blog that breaks down different occasions what music to use for each.

  1. The Story

Do you want a video that slowly builds to a big climax, or one that is cheerful and fun  Maybe you want to take the viewer on a roller coaster of emotions or deliver something epic and in your face  Whatever the story, the soundtrack will be the foundation. Let the music will plot out the journey and the visuals will simply fall into place.

  1. Your Audience

Loud and electronic might be a good choice for a young, hip crowd, but not so much if you’re going after middle-aged parents  Put some thought into what’s popular with your target audience and what kind of music will resonate with their generation, background, and culture.

  1. Lyrics or No Lyrics

Another important decision that can help narrow things down quickly. If your video has people speaking or voiceover in it, lyrics can be conflicting. Also, music with words can be distracting so if you want your viewer to focus on the content of your video and not the lyrics of the song, an instrumental track might be the way to go.

These tips are sure to help you pick music that matches the story and goals of your video.  Need some help with your video editing? DreamItReel makes it easy and affordable to get high quality video editing so give us a shout and say Tunefruit sent you!

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!

“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…

Tunefruit Featured Stock Music License: Virtuous (video prod. by Tomahawk Visual Effects)

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Our newest stock music for video license is from the fabulously fantastic folks over at Tomahawk Visual Effects. BTW…their URL is TMHK.TV…what if we decided to do that? What would it look like? Let’s try it…hold…working…here we go:

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I don’t know…doesn’t look as cool as TMHK…and that’s ok, because these guys (and maybe girls, who knows?) are way cooler than us. Their client list is chocked full of cool clients that obviously like their video to look amazing…seriously…go check out the work that Tomahawk is doing. It’s totes yummy. We would know.

In this specific case, they did a very sweet little explainer video for Virtuous, a site that works as a non-profit CRM for charities.

Check out more of Tomahawk’s projects here:

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Tunefruit Featured Stock Music License: Sprint (prod. by Elevate Pictures)

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Elevate Pictures, based out of C-Town (do people call Columbus this?), Ohio (it’s high in the middle, yo) produced this nice motion graphics project for Sprint using some sweet, sweet Tunefruit music.

Want to learn more about Elevate Pictures and the totally awesome video and film work they provide to clients? Of course you do. Click the screenshot below, dude.

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“Loving it” Weekly January 8th Playlist with Guava, Tunefruit’s Stock Music Specialist

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I know you all have been waiting for it! Here’s this week’s taste of some fresh new music coming into our library that I just absolutely love!

Listen Now: “Loving it” Stock Music Playlist Week 22

  1. “Bye Bye Bad Luck Love” – jessicalellemusic

Nobody needs bad luck love. Wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. So with this very warm and loving stock track, we shall say goodbye to such luck and embrace the happier times.

  1. “Cool Raindrops” – Jonathan Wright

I need this elegant stock track playing in the background whenver I put on my perfectly tailored guava fruit suit. Love the sense of luxury, pride, wonder and a touch of nostalgia.

  1. “Curiosites” – Fabrice Ravelle-Chapuis

Woah. This is some impressive music right here. Love the combo of strings, clarinet and piano. You are correct Fabrice, is this dark and dangerous or something exotic and enticing?

  1. “Lost Faith” – TOYINVENTION

Ugh, yeah y’all feel that? Urban HIP HOP stock music track. Batten down the hatches ‘erbody. Guava is gonna roll deep with this dark, sleek track in the background.

  1. “Rising from the Ashes” – Scoreweaver

Soooo I’m going to need this hip cinematic stock track playing every time I wake up in the morning. Great embodiment of rising from the bottom to the top with a contemporary feel.

  1. “Wings Of Destiny” – Kubed

I’m so bad at basketball. Literally can’t even make a layup 50% of the time. BUT if I put on a brand new pair of Nike’s and play this dubstep/electronic track, I’d be like Kobe 2.0.

  1. “Dragonfly” – ludwigamadeus

Here is a great, breezy acoustic track. But not just any ol’ acoustic sounding track, there is the perfect blend of electronic sound with the peaceful strumming. Listen and float away.

  1. “Club Hair” – SongMonster

Just last weekend I was bumping along in the club with my super slick guava stem and when I woke up the next morning – Woah. Who knows what would happen if the clubs play this track.

  1. “Marketing Done Right” – macaent

Please give me more tips on this thing you call marketing! Well, if I’m only left with this track then I can at least say, playing this stock track in your next promotional video might be key.

  1. “Twirling in the Long Grass” – Matthew Prins

Do you need peaceful, beautiful piano in your life? But wait, do you need LAYERS of cinematic, dreamlike pianos? Great, because this nostalgic stock track is your ticket.

“Loving it” Weekly October 20th Playlist with Guava, Tunefruit’s Stock Music Specialist

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I know you all have been waiting for it! Here’s this week’s taste of some fresh new stock music coming into our library that I (Guava) just absolutely love!

Listen Now: “Loving it” Stock Music Playlist Week 15

  1. “Champa” – Manic

This is just a wonderful piece from start to finish. I could sit on a nostalgic, grey day and just think on great memories. If you’re looking for that thoughtful stock track, Manic has it on lock.

  1. “Lotus Lantern” – Scoreweaver

Scoreweaver is taking you straight into Asia with this stock music blend of Asian elements and modern hip hop beat. I’ve been waiting to get my samaurai on so I thank you for this.

  1. “All Change” – Jon Chan

A simple, classical piano is not necessarily new. So when choosing this route, you need to execute with beauty, grace and capture emotion. Mr. Chan nails a nostalgic, wistful mood.

  1. “Blue Sky Day” – MarcBeasley

“Blue Sky Day” – Great title. I’m going to just go ahead and assume you are talking about this perfect, fall day I am experiencing. I can just relax to this retro, indie rock track all day.

  1. “Happy Inspiration” – jkcomposer

Well, again, title pretty much says it all in this case. I mean, how can you not just picture a small startup working diligently or a bunch of children enjoying an organic snack time?

  1. “They Have Come For The Feathers” – Daniel Knowler

Just give them the feathers! Who has them and why are they holding onto them!? Great post-rock, psychedelic track Mr. Knowler. There’s something eerie and dark creeping up.

  1. “The Walk” – Sparinsky

Get ready to bust out your finest attire ladies and gents. Sparinsky will be holding it down all night on the baritone sax, swooning you away to this bossa nova stock music track.

  1. “I Ran Away” – PT Lavish

A tough genre call on this track. Maybe I’m hearing a slow pop ballad lead by the piano? Or maybe I’m hearing an old hip hop track with Notorious dropping a rhyme? Either way, great.

  1. “On Sure Ground” – Suzanne Schnite

Ok, this is one enchanting stock music track right here. It’s like I am traveling through the hardware of some old 90’s mainframe; grooving through a rhythmic synthesizer. Dunno but yep.

10.“Heroic Epic Orchestral” – Pelican Music

Did you write this track for me? Cause I have daydreams at work about how pumped I would be as a superhero. All I am saying is get me in an epic movie with this track playing!

 

“Loving it” Weekly October 14th Playlist with Guava, Tunefruit’s Stock Music Specialist

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I know you all have been waiting for it! Here’s this week’s taste of some fresh new stock music coming into our library that I just absolutely love!

Listen Now: “Loving it” Stock Music Playlist Week 14

  1. “Inspiring” – Twisterium

When I wake up and don’t even need my cup of coffee to smile, you know I’m in a killer mood. So with that said, what in the world is better than waking up to my cup o’ joe? “Inspring.”

  1. “Epic Jungle Trailer” – GuidoNegraszus

I ran through a jungle one time (true story). I did not have this stock track playing Mr. Negraszus. WHERE WAS IT WHEN I NEEDED IT TO FEEL SO COOL?! This is epic.

  1. “Expressive Piano Build” – Seastock

I’m often a sucker for these slow, arpeggiated piano builds. Just get yourself into the zone and imagine you’re running slow motion, high fiving your coworkers with this stock track playing.

  1. “Creeping Through the Clouds” – Playthings

I love weird, out of the blue music. Playthings, you’ve done a great job with this really nice, retro blend of Super Nintendo waltz. So keep on keeping on with your stock tracks.

  1. “Turn Around” – Kubed

Get those hands up. Put those hands in the air PAAAAARRRRRRTTTTYYY PEOPLE! Liking the young, contemporary EDM vibe, Kubed. This is some fun stock music right here!

  1. “Forward Reversal” – SongMonster

Ok, when I first read the title I was secretly hoping for some trippy, reverse guitar effects. SongMonster, I must thank you. Great track that really grabs your attention and mesmerizes.

  1. “Drive and Smile” – Zander Sehkri

Drive and smile? Well I’ll just say of course I can with this track playing in my car. In fact, I’m heading up to the mountains this weekend and find this a perfect stock track for nature drives.

  1. “Tribal Incantation” – sleight

Sit back, relax and take your mind back to that inner tribal self. This is a great music track that just let’s you explore the jungle tribes of the past and enter a peaceful melody for meditation.

  1. “Red Skies” – Abbas Premjee

I really enjoy this track. With Middle Eastern flair, there are subtle hints of emotions rising underneath but never coming to realization, and even a sense of mystery and wonder escape.

  1. “Faint of Heart” – dton3z

dton3z has a great point. This hybrid EDM/hip hop stock music track is NOT for the faint of heart. Buckle up, hold on, brace yourself, do whatcha gotta do cause BEAT’S GONNA DROP.

Huckleberry Heard It Through The Grapevine Week 2: Stock Music Licensing Specialist

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Hey there.  Huck here.  You may remember me from two weeks ago.  Or maybe you remember from somewhere else (People often come up to me and tell me I look just like a blueberry).  Either way, I’m back to make sure you get your weekly recommended number of servings of Tunefruit’s ripest stock music tracks.  Let’s get into it:

Click Here to listen to the Playlist: Through The Grapevine July 6 Full Stock Music Playlist

Now I don’t know about you guys, but I have been feeling good vibes all week.  Maybe it’s the summer sun.  Maybe it’s the fact that America just celebrated its independence.  Maybe I’ve just been really excited to feature more music for you guys to savor.  Who knows, but I’ve been feeling good, so this week I wanted to help get you in the same feel-good stock music groove.  Lather on some sunscreen because we’re about to spend some time in the sun.

1.  Cloud NineJoe Capalbo

To start things off here, grab your finest dancing shoes and clear enough room on the dancefloor to get down.  Joe Capalbo knows you’ve got the dancing fever and wants to help out.  This sugar pop track has all the works for a sure-fire summer jam.

2.  Well, Not Everything Went According To Plan…Vlad Els

If the name of this track alone doesn’t hook you, the groove that it immediately sets in will.  It seems to me that Vlad Els reached right into a 1970’s cop drama and plucked out this psychedelically funky groove.

3.  Taxi DriverNick Nicolas

If you don’t feel like you should be drinking a daiquiri out of a coconut and eating caribbean food on a tropical island while listening to this track, I think you need to keep listening to this track (and drinking daiquiris) until you do.  Get your calypso groove on and soak in paradise.

4.  Balkan PartySOUNDOTCOM

Since we’re in such a dancing mood right now, I want to queue up this dance track on the turntables real quick.  Combining euro-house beats with the styles of traditional balkan music, Soundotcom comes bursting through in massive beat matching glory.  I can barely keep my fingers on the keyboard right now, I’m dancing too much.  I’ll see you guys on the club floor.

5.  The Werewolf Who Hated Other Werewolvesfabclaxton

Oh man, another track with a killer name makes this week’s list!  fabclaxton has channeled his inner Devo to create this synth-heavy glitzy pop jam that captures everything we all loved about the 80’s from neon stirrup pants to big hairdos with way too much hairspray.  Grab your boom box and get ready to dance.

6.  Liverpool to LondonGarySWolk

GarySWolk is quick to remind us of the swingin’ sixties with this sun-bleached surfer track that makes me want to shimmy and twist the day away on the sand in my striped surfer shorts and oversized sunglasses.  Maybe we could even grab a couple soda pops.

7.  GenerationsPhil1975

Alright beach bums, you can keep on relaxing.  Phil1975 has you covered.  We’re gonna end this week’s playlist nice and easy.  I’m sure you’re tired from all the dancing you’ve been doing.  Let this dreamy, reverb-soaked surfer track wash over you like rays from the sun while you spend a lazy day laying out surf-side.