Want some really cool music for your videos? This post will help!
Videos are essential for digital storytelling. 82% of marketers who are already leveraging video, consider it as one of the important marketing tools.. Videos can help you create brand awareness, explain your products, show testimonials, deliver complicate messages, describe your services, etc.
Videos can dramatically improve your current customer cycle. 81% of marketers have observed an increase in sales and 53% have observed fewer calls for product support. Videos have the power to explain everything and ensure effective communication.
That said, your video quality should be paramount for getting a maximum positive result from your online activities. The frame structure, color composition, and background music are key ingredients to make awesome videos.
A proper royalty free music for videos can enhance users’ focus while watching your video. You can see videos of MKBHD and Sandeep Maheshwari and observe how background music make their content comprehensible and profound.
Here are the tools, most are free, you can use to download royalty free music for your videos.
Free Stock Music has a growing music library of royalty free music as they continuously add more files on their website for you to download. Eveyone who wants download music files has to register an account to access the file.
You can download the music files in three formats – MP3, WAV and AIFF. If you wish to reward the artist, you can donate funds to them as a note of gratitude. However, the website does not charge a single penny from its users for downloading the music.
With their simple user-interface, anyone can find their desired background music and access.
Furthermore, the website has segmented its collection in various categories like cinematic, corporate, classical, country, easy listening, electronic, hip-hop, international, pop and rock ‘n roll. You will have to click on the respective category to explore relevant music.
Josh Woodward is a professional musician whose music is published on this website. If you want to download any file to your local system, you will have to provide your email id.
Also, by giving your email address to Josh, you are basically signing up for his newsletter which he sends a couple of times in a month and gives details about his new addition of the music on the website.
His art is licensed as Creative Commons 4.0 attribution which means you will have to give him credit at the end of your video about using his song. He tells his users to include his name, song name and website URL in the credits.
After giving attribution to him, you can use his music on any potential scenario, be it a YouTube video, podcast, games, advertisements, commercial video and so on. Josh also allows his music to be edited or remixed by the users to match their project requirements.
CCMixter allows the visitors to download the music without any registers or logins on the website. Although you may have to give the website relevant credits for using the music, you can choose thousands of tracks for commercial and non-commercial use.
The musicians upload their tracks on CCmixter, then users browse them from dig.ccmixter.org where they can download the files for their projects.
CCMixter gives you the opportunity to search your music by putting relevant keywords. Now, when you are checking a particular music file, you will observe tags related to the file. CCMixter allows these tags to be clickable and makes them a gateway to explore other similar music of that genre.
A track also mentions the trackbacks and remixes which you can listen and download if you find them relevant.
Ben Tissot is a French musician whose work is featured on this website. Anyone can download the soundtracks without login or sign up on the website.
You need to give credits of the music at the end of the video, but the website does not charge any royalty fee from you to do so. You can listen to any song online and download it straight away if you want to use it for your projects.
The website also a Pro version that users have to purchase to use the audio files for podcasts, films, and games. However, no need to go for the Pro subscription if you just want to use the video which will be published on video streaming platforms like YouTube, facebook, etc. Furthermore, you can use these audio files on slideshows, presentation, website background music, and educational play or film.
Bensound also allows users to use the audio in software, games, online courses, mobile, and web applications if the project is non-profit.
With its easy user-interface and attractive layout, finding and downloading the audio files become easy and fast. You can also listen to the song from the homepage without opening individual tracks.
The website has put basic categories at the top of the layout and allowed sorting based on newest and popular music tracks.
Free Music Archive is a music library that believes in open-source environment. The platform allows visitors to download the music without subscribing or sign-up on their website.
If you create an account on the website, you can connect and network with fellow listeners on the website, share your favorite tracks and write articles on your personal blogs at FMA.
Before using any tracks in your project, you need to check the licensing of the same. There might be few tracks which cannot be used for commercial purposes, some of them are allowed to use for any purposes, and other tracks are not allowed to tweak or make a remix out of it. You might have to give credits for the music in your videos.
6. Moby Gratis
Moby Gratis is a unique resource that features the work of famous musician Moby who allows the non-profit organizations to freely use the masterpieces composed by the him on this website.
The website features great work of the artist and allows only for non-commercial use. The website hosts 200 excellent tracks of the musician, where some are unreleased, some are from his back catalog and some are new releases.
A user, who wants to access and download the tracks from the website, has to sign up for an account. Then, before using any tracks from the website, the user has to fill an application form which usually processed within one day. That said, if you want to use the tracks of the legendary musician, the effort is worth.
Once your application is approved, you will receive download links to your inbox with the subject ‘[mobygratis] Your License Request’, you can also login to your website account and access the tracks from ‘My Requests / Downloads’.
Furthermore, Moby allows you to edit the approved tracks as per your needs. You can use these tracks on your games, mobile applications, websites, etc. that has non-profit objective.
Incompetech eases the hunt for audio files for video editors by giving thousands of royalty free music for videos. Founded by Kevin Macleod, Incompetech is a great resource for YouTubers, video editors and film producers, etc.
The website is simple and makes download extremely easy for non-technical users. It does not demand your email id or login to download the files. That said, you might have to give the artist the relevant credits if you are using it in your digital properties like YoutTube videos, games, websites, etc.
The website allows a feature where you can search complete collection and further sort the list based on genre, artist, tempo, and length. They have also listed their tracks in alphabetical orders along with most downloaded tracks, longest pieces of tracks, slow-paced tracks and fast-paced tracks.
You can subscribe to the newsletters if you wish to get notified whenever a new track is published on the website. If you wish to download the complete collection of the website in a single shot, you have to pay $38 for the same.
As the name suggests, Public Domain 4 U directly gives you the files which are royalty free music for videos and can be downloaded for educational and non-profit purposes. However, if you want to go for commercial usage, you will need written permission from the owners.
For the websites, we have archive.org, similarly, for music, we have Public Domain 4 U. The website brings old hits of the 1980s and 1990s which you can download for your use.
The objective behind creating this website is to make the golden tracks alive and allow others to download for their collection. Hence, be very cautious if you are planning to use either of the tracks for your professional tasks.
You can browse the music from 35 types of genre and the website will fetch you the webpage where you can go to listen and download the music.
Epidemic sound is one of the premium stock and royalty free soundtracks’ resource on the web. With its attractive user interface, the search and download of your tracks become quick.
You will need an account to access soundtracks on the website. Once you confirm your email id, you are allowed to download a couple of tracks for free, then you will have to pay the amount to the website.
Trusted by the industry leaders like Netflix, Pepe Jeans, GoPro, Twitter and Cheddar, the Epidemic sound hosts more than 700 albums on their website. Although you might have to pay a subscription fee to the websites, the website will give you excellent tracks which can dramatically improve your storytelling skills.
You can go with the initial subscription by paying $15 per month and access every tracks and sound effects on the website. But the number of times you can use and download a track might be limited if you go with this option.
Another option is business subscription at $149 that will give you unlimited access to the 30,000 tracks with no royalty and copyright fees. Moreover, you can download a track unlimited times and share the account with your team members up to 50 employees.
Based on the frequency of your usage, once you pay the fee to the website, there are no strings attached. You can use the tracks on anywhere you. The variety of music will fulfill any of your project requirements be it a YouTube video, mobile application, website, games, etc.
Artlist is a goldmine to find relevant tracks for your videos. Every soundtrack available on this website is YouTube safe and can be comfortably used without worrying about copyright issues.
Professional artists have composed every track hosted on Artlist. You will have to pay $16.60 per month, billed annually, to access all the benefits of the platform. The paid subscription will allow you to unlimited download the tracks and once downloaded you can use it unlimited times.
Moreover, these soundtracks can go with all your video production activities on different platforms including YouTube, Social Media, Website, mobile application, website, advertisement, etc. The website keeps uploading new tracks every month and if you have subscribed, you will automatically have access to the new tracks.
Concluding note – what’s next
These resource will help you cope all your projects by helping you make excellent video content. Share your views in the comments about the usage of music in a video.
Also share your experience in the comments section if you have used either of these resources to download royalty free music for videos. If you know any other online resource and more cost-effective websites where users can get music, share them too in the comments.