Why Use Royalty Free Music?

When creating your own films or simply making videos for YouTube or a Facebook posting, you will certainly need to add a little background music. Beware the music you choose- YouTube and Facebook can shut down your video for copyright infringement.

This happened to me when I created a memorial video that was posted on Facebook. Somehow they ‘knew’ that the music I was using was copyrighted. They did not allow the post to stay up. I worked around the problem by finding royalty free music on the web. I was able to use this music by simply adding a credit at the end of the video. Like everything else, it was a learning curve to find this ‘public domain’ music and then search through the tons of crap out there that is available.

It’s tricky to find music that you don’t have to pay royalties to use. A lot of sites offer that kind of music, the problem is they offer quantity over quality. Most of the sites are hard to navigate and the music is cheesy. Worst of all, some charge a fee up front to download their songs. You can find free quality music out there but as each film project is unique, so is the music. Finding music that matches your vision can be time-consuming.

Royalty free music can eliminate a lot of hassle when creating your videos. You may not be pinged immediately, but chances are, if you are using copyrighted material, someone is going to find out and insist that you ‘cease and desist’. For the average Joe out there, a Creative Commons license is perfect for obtaining music without paying a licensing fee.

For corporations and businesses that want the protection of licensing, a standard license, available for a small fee like $25, allows you to use a song for things like- telephone hold music, radio advertisements or corporate intros where you either don’t want to or can’t give the proper credit in writing. Why hire someone to write the music or pay a royalty if your budget won’t allow it?

I highly recommend looking for a website that is set up in several categories to help you navigate to the music you want quickly. Choose the genre of music such as hard rock or country or orchestral. From there It’s a lot easier to then sample and download songs or just read through the brief description below each song to get a quick ‘feel’ for what might work for you. Some sites even provide a photo for a ‘visual representation’ of each song.

Another nice feature to look for is songs that have a vocal and non-vocal version. One of the advantages to having both versions of a song is you can combine them throughout your film and use them as a recurring theme without repeating the exact same thing over and over and sounding monotonous.

For those who wish to have a completely original soundtrack, many sites offer music services such as score writing and soundtrack editing to make your movie one-of-a-kind.

An important thing to remember when searching for your music- be specific. “royalty free alternative music” will yield better results than just “royalty free music”.

Free Music Downloads

Free music downloads? Is there really such a thing?

I remember back in the 90s, this really existed. There was such a thing as completely free music. You could go online and get as much music as you wanted, any time, for absolutely nothing.

Nowadays, I think there’s something new…

Computer adware and and viruses! And, well, basically…just a bunch of low quality files.

It’s sad but true.

Back in the “roaring Napster” era, there were millions of people waiting online, at any given hour of the day, waiting to exchange files with you. Now, you’ll be lucky if there are several thousand.

So what happened?

Basically, the major music labels decided they were sick and tired of losing billions of dollars to people who chose to rip off their artist’s music. Musical piracy is just not cool, and people started to catch on to this new idea.

Lawsuits started, aimed at getting high profile news attention to hopefully discourage young people to stop using peer to peer services. And the efforts paid off.

Today, itunes and other legal places to download free music thrive and make a profit at selling high quality, relatively inexpensive downloads.

What about the rest? Have all the free music download sites really disappeared?

Check around the internet, and you will soon see the answer before you.

iPod Music Downloads – Free or Cheap Download Is Better?

iPod music downloads are available to music lovers either for free or at a cost. It can be perplexing to users as to why some sites could offer music downloads for free while some charges a fee. Let’s dwell a little deeper into the world of online iPod music and find out whether it is better to download free music or pay for your iPod music downloads.

When talking about free iPod music downloads, we are referring to downloading music files directly from sources such as Kazaa or LimeWire. These sites are essentially file sharing networks or what we term as peer-to-peer (P2P) networks where the music files are shared.

Now, there are some concerns associated with downloading free music from these networks. One potential problem could be the legality of the iPod music downloads. There could be instances where copyrighted music is uploaded and shared. This is in direct violation of copyright laws. Users could be toeing the line when downloading these copyrighted music files. While this may be true, there are millions of files that are uploaded by amateur musicians and singers who use these sites as a platform to share their music and songs and to launch their careers. These files are completely legal to download. In fact, talent scouting folks do scour these sites in search of the next Big Thing.

There are a host of other shortcomings you may have to deal with if you are considering if you should get some iPod music downloads from these specific sites. The security and protection from attacks of adware, spyware and viruses, or rather the lack of it when downloading the iPod music files is a cause for concern. The downloading speeds could be incredibly slow and the audio quality of the songs and music can be exceptionally poor. Some users have also complained that the songs are incomplete. You wouldn’t want to trade your precious time to download such iPod music that isn’t worth listening to. So it seems that there is some truth in the saying, “There aren’t any Free Lunch in this world.”

On the flipside of the industry is another group of iPod music downloads sites that have recently emerged. These sites offer users memberships to access millions of music and music video download files. It’s not free definitely, but you would be surprised to know that the price of lifetime memberships costs lesser than what you would be paying for a full-length music video DVD at some stores. Word has spread among the online music community that the problems discussed earlier about downloading iPod music files are non-existent at these download sites. It makes sense now why increasing numbers of people are turning to these sites to satisfy their iPod music hunger. Learn more at my blog about which are the iPod music sites that are fast gaining status as top sites for iPod music downloads.

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