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: 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

“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 October 7th

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September’s officially behind us, and that means autumn is on the way. While I desperately await the blessed reprieve from the blistering summer heat, take a break with these awesome stock music tracks.

Flashy ColorsMLMusic

Who’s ready for Friday night? I know I sure am, and there’s no better way to show it than with this anthemic dance track. It doesn’t matter if you’re full of youth or just young at heart, everyone can get their party on to these hot beats. Well, unless you’re some kind of anti-party robot, but then what are you doing on a website for super fresh stock music tracks? Shoo.

Blue DuskMellowstu

It’s a cool night in LA and you’re out for a slow drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. The windows are all down and the breezy ocean air blows through your hair. Lean back, drape your wrist over the steering wheel, and let the sultry sound of jazz take you away. Do pay attention to the road though, seriously.

Catching Up With Old FriendsRob McAllister

Bring out your child-at-heart, and look at the world through fresh eyes. Be inspired with curiosity, wonder, and a sense of magic. We’ve all grown up a little too much I think, and it’s about time to go back to that childlike awe again.

FractalsDavid B.

It’s like this track is straight off the CSI: Portland soundtrack. It’s technologic and mysterious, yet modern and minimal. Just mind the crime scene, wouldn’t want to end up as a suspect. Or maybe you do, I don’t know your life.

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Seldom is a title more apt. With a french café vibe and a strolling bass line, this stock track is ideal for Food Network originals and Saturday morning talk shows alike. But don’t just stop there. What about a quirky animated film about cooking rats, dinosaur-themed developmental children’s broadcasting, or even those weird television channels designed for dogs? The possibilities are endless!

“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

Intriguing Indie AcousticErick_McNerney

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…

“Loving it” Tunefruit Weekly Stock Music Playlist for July 20th

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It’s July, and you’re a little parched, but what will quench this thirst? Well buddy, Super Duper Amazing Stock Music Straight From The Cow (uh….well, really our amazing artists, but we were heading the whole milk-from-the-cow route) will do the job.

Check out our latest HOT tracks that we wanted to highlight this week:

Prost! Oktoberfest Drinking Music” – Matthew Reid

OK, it’s not October (Oktober?) yet, but that’s no reason to not enjoy a cold one and this spirited drinking-compliant polka.  As the title says, “Prost!” (that means “cheers” – a salutation intended to be accompanied by a beer.)  Bottoms up!

Rainbow After the Rain” – Evdokim

Ukulele tracks are all the rage these days.  Bonus points for handclaps.  This cute, bouncy and extremely cheery track brings not only all that, but some whistling as an added bonus.  Piles of smiles to brighten your day.

For Triumph or Tragedy” – vpedulla

You would think that “Triumph” and “Tragedy” would not represent the same piece of music, but in this case they absolutely do.  This epic and heroic orchestral track sounds a little like the olympics, as set in Middle Earth.

Pure Joy” – John Judd

If Katy Perry made a track for a kickstarter campaign it would probably sounds something like this.  It’s teen energy and youthful spunk combine with a positive uplifting spirit that would bring motivation to any presentation.

Crazy Train” – ikoliks

Best described as “Punk Rock Surf Music” – at least up until the unexpectedly “Wild West” sounding breakdown in the middle.  Perhaps this is what it would sound like if No Doubt and Green Day had a child that scored a Quentin Tarantino film.