Imagine a world without music. It would be silent, dull and boring. Have you ever watched a movie or YouTube video without any background music? Even Charlie Chaplin movies have sounds. To quote the famous philosopher Plato, “music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything”.
Music provides the feeling for your videos. If you are a musician, you can compose your own music for your videos. But if not, you can check out different royalty free music sites which include tons of songs and sound effects fit for you. Royalty Free Music refers to a type of music licensing that allows the purchaser to pay for the music license only once and to use the music for as long as desired.
Here is the list of the top ten royalty free music sites you can choose from for Music On Hold:
1. Audiojungle (http://audiojungle.net/)
Audiojungle is one of the most popular royalty-free music sites on the internet. You can easily navigate music, music packs and sound effects in .wav format. You can also search by the most recent, author’s name or the most popular music. Music composers and customers can interact in the community forum.
2. Premiumbeat (http://www.premiumbeat.com/)
Premiumbeat aims to have the best, exclusive and original music it can offer to its users. It features music in .wav and mp3 formats from various composers all over the world. Search music and sound effects quickly with Premiumbeat’s easy web interface. You can listen and purchase the full track or the short 15sec, 30sec or 60sec clips.
3. iStockaudio (http://www.istockphoto.com/music-clips)
iStockaudio has a vast collection of audio music and sound effects files in different categories from various artists. It also features an artist of the month, an audio of the month and the free track for the month. You can either use your credit card or your iStock credits to purchase.
4. Incompetech (http://incompetech.com/)
Incompetech started in1996 but it wasn’t until 2005 that the founder, composer and musician Kevin Macleod, uploaded music for public consumption. All pieces of music are under a Creative Common License and are categorized according to genres.
5. digCCmixter (http://dig.ccmixter.org/)
digCCmixter has a vast collection of Creative Commons audio tracks that are free for use. Although these are CC licensed, always check the licensing for each track before downloading. It is easy to navigate and search for top picks, hot tracks and free music on their website. No sound effects are available.
6. Tunefruit (https://www.tunefruit.com/)
With Tunefruit, you can easily select music from different genres like acoustic, rock, jazz, Latin and reggae using tags. Music for personal use costs $30/track while commercial use is at $100/track. No sound effects available.
7. Vimeo Music Store (http://vimeo.com/musicstore)
Vimeo Music Store offers free and paid music and sound effects fromAudiosocket, Free Music Archive and Smartsound. Prices range from $1.99 for personal use, $98.00 for Indie/Small Biz and free for Creative Common licensed tracks.
8. JoshWoodward (http://www.joshwoodward.com/)
Known as a great musician, Josh Woodward’s musical style has been compared to that of Simon and Garfunkel,Barenaked Ladies or John Mayer**. You can freely download, use and share his songs in return for credits and sharing of his site on social media.
9. Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music)
Tons of royalty free music can also be found on YouTube. You can find various music and sound effects based on genre, mood and musical instrument. There’s a downside however with YouTube. Be careful with content ID once you post your video on the YouTube site since you can be done for infringement or copyright issues.
10. Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of legal audio downloads directed by legendary freeform radio station WFMU.They include freeform radio stations, netlabels, artist collectives, performance spaces, and concert organizers.
Top Tip: When you’re using royalty free music in making a video for YouTube or for your website, be sure to read and understand the license agreement made by the author. Contact the author if you want to make sure you are in agreement with their limitations and certain uses, if any.