Best Royalty Free Music Sites For YouTube Videos
If you want to know what you can use, where you can get it and how to get FREE music that won’t get you into trouble on YouTube keep reading.
I will explain why you should avoid using your personal music collection, expalin what is the best alternative and then give you 13 sources of music that are ideal for online use.
If you're just looking for the 13 sources of music I suggest you scroll down until you get to that part of the post.
Many people think because they have paid for CDs or downloads they can legitimately use their personal music collection on their YouTube videos, which is NOT the case. A personal music collection is exactly that, personal. All they have bought is the right to listen to the music themselves, technically playing their music in an office in ear-shot of several other people would require a performing rights license.
Audio Jungle website:audiojungle.net
Pond5 offers royalty free audio, images, video and AfterEffects templates all in one place. Their royalty free music ranges in style from acoustic to hip hop but I think prices vary a bit more than on AudioJungle but typically a track costs around $20. If you want some free and unusual stuff check out their Public Domain project that includes free music tracks and old video clips.
Audio Blocks is a subscription service and it can be one of the cheapest sources of royalty free music. You get unlimited access to more than 100,000 tracks. The annual subscription offers maximum value for money at $99 and if you decide to cancel your subscription you can keep everything you have downloaded and continue to use it royalty-free as many times as you like for ever.
AKM Music website:www.akmmusic.co.uk
Stockmusic (dot com) from Sound Ideas offers over 13,000 royalty free audio tracks on 209 albums. You have a choice of albums, tracks, production elements and sound effects. Prices start from $2.49 for sound effects, $29.95 for full tracks and $99 for complete albums. Unfortunately the look of the website is a bit dated but don’t be put off. The site make it easy to understand what you can do with their music and that you can use each track forever in an unlimited number of different videos. As a side note, Sound Ideas also sell on AudioJungle and their own website and are one of the largest suppliers of SFX libraries.
Stockmusic.com website: stockmusic.com
Stockmusic (dot net), not to be confused with the similarly sounding one above, offers royalty free music tracks for $39.95 and the quality is excellent and up to date and you have over 4,000 tracks to choose from. They say all their music comes with an unlimited license, is completely royalty free and can be used over and over in your projects. So as stockmusic say in their blog, “you could use a track in a YouTube video, then in a commercial, then for the backdrop of a podcast.” So you’re getting plenty of value here.
Premium Beat is the royalty free music arm of Shutterstock. Their Standard license specifically says you can use their music on YouTube videos and even monetize them. The choice is superb and includes high quality classical recordings. Full tracks cost $39.95 but you can also add shorter length versions and loop sets to your purchase for a little extra. They have some free stuff on their site, check out the link to my blog in the description below.
Smart Sound is a royalty free music library is different in a few ways. You can access it through their Sonicfire Pro app and plugin, the Vimeo music store and the Smartsound website. The smart thing about smartsound is you can customize the duration, the musical variation and mood of each track. Despite the flexibility the standard commercial license is £39.95. Smartsound also has some free music for YouTube videos on their website so check it out.