Have you ever watched an online video or TV commercial and wondered how and/or where do they get that great, high quality music playing in the background? The people/companies behind the media had to purchase so-called royalty-free music. What is royalty free music?
Audio files licensed by a customer for use in media-related activities such as film, radio, or television
This article is written to provide insights and suggestions on how to get the best royalty free music online. To get started, here are a few things to look out for:
Sources with free audio download
Websites that offer free audio files usually have a catch. You have to pay extra for licensing. You can always download the audio files for non-commercial use, but the only way to avoid a potential lawsuit is to pay extra. There are also websites that offer free audio downloads without any license information. I would suggest avoiding these sites altogether if you plan to use their music commercially. You might be thinking, “Why would anyone protect copyright-free music?” Well, you’d be surprised to know that many of these sites get their music from untrustworthy sources. Some even upload copyrighted music and offer it for free.
Sources with poor playback quality
If you’re looking for royalty-free music online from a site that you don’t think the playback quality is great, you should probably go. It is true that some websites intentionally offer low quality playback to prevent people from trying to steal their music. However, you may find that they may not have a choice on the matter as the original audio file may already be of low quality. Recently, the more trusted sources that offer royalty-free music use tagged audio files for track previews. By this I mean they provide tags or identifiers throughout the track as this has proven to be the most effective way to prevent audio theft online over the past few years. An example of this could be the website name being repeated every four bars throughout the preview.
Sources that do not provide license information
Sites that don’t provide any licensing information are unlikely to be trusted. If you are particularly cautious, you should contact the site owners about this. Every trustworthy website should have a contact system; Most are called “Contact Us” link.
Sources that do not provide audio playback
This is possibly the most important thing to look out for. If a site can’t provide a preview of what you might be interested in, then you’re probably wasting your time there.
So where should you look?
Ideally, sources for locating royalty-free music should be those that offer:
– High quality playback
– License Options (e.g. Standard or Unlimited)
The only downside to using these sites would be that they can be very expensive for just a single audio file.
Of course, you should know that there are sources that offer affordable solutions for high-quality, royalty-free audio. Feel free to visit my website for more information, or if you prefer you can always explore various sources yourself. I hope that was helpful.
Thanks to Shane A. Thompson | #Tips #royalty #free #music #online