Ten Important Things to Look for in Choosing a Royalty Free Music Website

Looking for some great music for your newest film but don’t have the budget for hiring a composer? You’re in luck because there’s actually a lot of great music out there that is royalty free or in the public domain that may work perfectly for your next film. Whether you’re a pro filmmaker or a novice YouTube video creator, having a quality soundtrack behind your visual masterpiece is going to make a huge difference.

There’s nothing more frustrating than selecting link after link of MPEG or WAV files in search of a good, moody piece of music, only to find some crappy, poorly recorded junk. The good news is, there are a few sites that offer superb songs with quality arrangements that were recorded in a professional studio. These sites have their music categorized by genre to help you weed through the stuff you’re not interested in, so you can get to the gems.

I’ve compiled a list of the key things to look for when choosing a royalty free music website. I believe these suggestions will help you find the music you’re looking for. Keep in mind, most of the time the hardest part of finding good music is sorting through the junk once you’ve found a site. You’ll be looking for sites that offer the best music and are easy to navigate. Also look for sites that are professionally built and equipped with real time players to sample the songs. You’ll want an instant download button to copy the songs directly to your computer. The most important things are finding a site that is safe and that offers their music for free.

Remember, if you are using the music for something other than personal, let’s say uploading a video to YouTube, you will still need to place an attribute on your finished work. In some commercial cases you will need to pay a one-time licensing fee of perhaps 25 or 50 bucks, but that’s it.

Here’s my list of the ten key things to look for in royalty free music websites:

1. Free downloads

Look for sites that offer free downloads of their music. If they’re asking for money up front, move on to the next site.

2. Real time player

A good site will have a built-in music player so you can easily sample a song with one click. You would think this is a no-brainer but you’d be surprised.

3. Easy to navigate pages

You want to look for a site that has their music categorized by genres or music styles.

4. Quality sound

What good are a thousand songs if they all sound like crap? Listen to a few selections and you’ll know right away if the music was recorded in a professional studio or someone’s bathroom.

5. Licensing options

The best sites offer their music to the public for free but for those who want to use the music for YouTube videos or Facebook postings, you’ll need a Creative Commons license. Also a quality site will offer a standard license for filmmakers and other commercial applications.

6. Vocal and non-vocal mixes of each song

Being able to mix up your soundtrack by introducing a recurring theme is a great option. Perhaps you want to start with the instrumental version of a song, then use the vocal version during your film’s closing credits. It’s a classy Hollywood trick used by the best filmmakers. Remember Titanic?

7. Visual Representation for each song

Some sites offer a photo or picture as a representation of how the song is going to ‘feel’. It’s a great tool for quickly perusing through song titles.

8. Limited Quantity

Bigger is not always better. Some sites offer an overwhelming selection of music. Sometimes less is more. Who wants to search through 10,000 songs?

9. Search Feature

Some sites offer a search feature to narrow your results. For instance, you can type in a particular mood or other key characteristic to find the songs that interests you.

10. Custom Music Services

Some sites have music producers for hire who can create a song or entire soundtrack for those movies or commercial projects that want unique and original music.

Talking about originality, how can you know if the song you want has been used many times before? Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing how many thousands of people have used the same song you may want to use. Perhaps it’s better to take the road less traveled and pick from smaller, lesser known websites. There’s plenty of great royalty free music out there if you do a little digging.

Where to Find Free Music for Your Videos

Copyright holders, along with YouTube (to use a well-known example), have, within the last few years, been cracking down on people using copyrighted music without permission. Tributes & covers of songs, of course, have been somewhat “riding the fence” of legality, where the artists gives their due credit to the composer/lyricist in question and provides a disclaimer in their video description that says “this is not my work, I do not own the rights to this music,” and they generally get left alone, more or less.

Obviously, though, not all videos with music in them are covers or tributes. Other videos are sometimes sales pitches, or vlogs featuring meditation music. Whatever the reason for including music at all, it’s something of an embarrassment for a video creator if they have to remove or replace the music in their video because the music was copyrighted, and the creator had their video monetized. And since not every content creator out there earns lots of money from their videos, they likely can’t afford to pay the royalty fees required of them, so they’re forced to remove the music.

Finding Free Music

But not everyone is a musician and/or lyricist with the ability to compose their own works. Nor does everyone have a musician pal at their disposal, whether that musician gets paid for ditties and jingles or not. So it’s often up to the one creating the video to find either free music, or at the very least, royalty-free tracks. But where to find such music? And is the free music you’d find of high quality?

After all, it used to be that most stock music libraries didn’t have music that was very good quality, and some music libraries are still like this if the people uploading tracks have used cheap equipment and synthesizers where the built-in digital sound banks aren’t very accurately sampled & reproduced (this tends to happen with lower-end electronic keyboards).

However, thanks to the advent of MP3s and more professional-grade composition & editing software, among other similar advances, most stock music libraries these days often have truly stunning tracks available in a wide variety of genres, so you’re not stuck with just a few samples here and there of one style, and a lot of samples in another style, and nothing to speak of in any other genre.

What’s the Difference?

Now, you might be wondering what the difference is between “royalty-free” and completely free, when it comes to stock music libraries.

“Royalty-free” means that you pay a one-time fee for a track and you don’t have to continually pay royalties to the composer for the entire time you use their works, and there is usually some sort of usage license that detail how you can use the music once you pay the fee. Completely free music is simply that: It that has no upfront usage fee and is normally licensed under the “Creative Commons” license.

When you go looking for free music, you’ll want to take a look at the types of music licenses available, as each licensing company has different stipulations as to how the music they have on offer can be used.

It’s worth your time and energy to go looking for free music. It saves the hassle and embarrassment of having to remove an otherwise copyrighted track and replace it, plus you never know what amazing, original music can be found at reasonable prices.

Look for a site that has a wide range of music genres. It’s easy to find the right music when you have categories like alternative rock, New Age/Ethereal, Country and so forth. Look for a music site is entirely free or that charges a minimal fee for commercial applications.

Free PS3 Music Download Scam – Don’t Download Free Music to PS3

Free PS3 music download is a scam. If you Intend to join free PS3 music download sites, then don’t. Have you ever wondered, why do these sites offer free PS3 music and games download and don’t ask for any fees? The simple answer is ads, spyware, adware and lots of other trash.

To understand why you should avoid free PS3 music download, first you should know how these sites make their money. Free PS3 download sites sell advertisements of other sites, companies or products to you. Do you know what that means?  

It means that your email will be given to dozens of sites at least and they will say that these sites are their partners or associates, so they can legally send you emails from them. You will also receive annoying ads wherever you go popping all over the place.   

The most dangerous thing is your computer will be filled with adware and spyware that you can’t download any games or music videos unless you install these software. This is a serious issue because, some hackers might get some personal information about you like your birthday date, name, gender and credit card number in such ways you can’t imagine.  

For the above reasons I ask you this, does it worth exposing your personal information and security of your computer to what it might be a disaster in your bank account or credit card? If your computer infected with a single virus that is more than enough to turn your life into a living nightmare and the only thing left to do is to format your entire computer (I say that from personal experience).  

These free PS3 music and games downloads Sites are not reliable and downloading speed is very slow due to their high traffic also their download files have lots of problems and people just do the wrong thing again and again. The best thing is to avoid free PS3 music download sites.