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.

Where to Get Legal and Free Music Download?

There are many affordable ways to download music online legally. Legal download is risk-free and worry-free. If you try to use illegal sources to download the music, remember that the file download from such a source can be harmful to your computer. So, it is better not to use the websites which you can not verify as being legitimate. Safe way to download music is to download it from a buyout music company which makes the track to be licensed to you.

There are many legal music download websites available to download free music online. For a small monthly fee, you are able to access millions mp3’s versions of your favorite songs. Such service is offered by Rhapsody. This service was opened in 2002 and is very popular among music lovers.

Rhapsody offers streaming and downloading of your favorite songs. Streaming is simply playing files sent from an online service through your computer. To stream, you need to be connected to the Internet, and no files are saved to your hard drive. Downloading allows you to save files to your hard drive and play them back whether you are on- or offline.

With Rhapsody, consumers pay $9.95 a month to stream or download as much music as they want from a huge catalog. Customers also receive a broad range of other content, including music videos and band information. The Rhapsody software gives customers an easy and quick way to search for songs by artist, song and album name. Additionally, Rhapsody’s software called jukebox lets you listen to Internet radio stations through your computer’s speakers. And last year, the company also announced that users of Verizon V Cast service can listen to songs from Rhapsody through their cell phones. How cool is that?!

From 2005, Rhapsody offers a program that should be equally tempting to cheapskates: Rhapsody 25. It’s a free plan that lets you listen to 25 songs per month, in their entirety. Free music is what most of the casual music listeners are looking for. And 25 songs a month can give the casual listener a good feel for what’s happening in pop music.

In conclusion, I want to say that Rhapsody 25 free songs plan is the best value you can get online nowadays. It’s FREE MUSIC from legal source! You can not beat FREE and LEGAL. Plus, I honestly think that 25 free songs pro month is more than enough for most of us. So, there is really no need to risk and try to get your music from some unverified websites.

Keep Your Free Music Downloads – I Don’t Like Prison!

It honestly seems like the Feds could break our door down at any minute and haul us off to jail for downloading free music. Plus, thanks to well-paid lawyers and filthy rich record executives, you also have to worry about getting sued for some pathetic Britney Spears single that you downloaded from Napster back in college! While the iPod and increasing number of companies offering legal music downloads (for a fee, of course) appear to show that consumers still want their MP3s, the truth is that you should be leery of the words “free” and “MP3” appearing together on a website.

Well, free downloads brought down Napster and they’re illegal – why even risk it?

Actually, that’s not true. Napster fell from grace and had to start charging for downloads because people were swapping entire CDs on the site. Now in all honesty, the system was abused, which is what caused the lawsuits in the first place. Plus, and I know this is getting technical, Napster allowed “swapping” of MP3 files, not downloading.

So file swapping, which costs nothing, and free MP3 music downloads are different…do explain!

With file swapping, two people were exchanging songs that had to first be purchased (at some point) at a store. When the song or CD was purchased, the record company got their cut, the musicians made their money, and a whole lot of record store clerks and warehouse people had jobs, as well. Swapping cut everyone out of that loop so that all lost money – lots of it – except Napster, which made a killing off of advertising. But free MP3 music downloads are offered by artists, and sanctioned by music companies, as a way of attracting new fans. One is stealing, while the other is marketing.

There has to be a catch…nothing is free!

Well, as I said, free MP3 music downloads are about promoting an artist, and getting them some exposure that would not be possible otherwise. But there are some things to watch out for when thinking about any free MP3 music downloads. First, it is common for older songs to be listed as free MP3 music downloads, but the kicker is that you only get a sample of the song instead of what you are really after – you know, like the whole song or something silly like that!

Another thing to watch out for are information mining sites. Before you ask, let me just tell you – these are sites that offer up free MP3 music downloads, but ask that you fill out a “quick survey” first. Buried twenty pages deep into the book that is the site’s Privacy Policy, these sites clearly state in the smallest print allowed by law that they can turn around and sell this information. Now, you may think it a good trade for free MP3 music downloads, and willingly give out the information for some decent tunes at no charge. However, if you are a little nervous about who has your information and for what purposes, you may just want to spend a buck or two for the song and be done with it. No matter how you look at it, though, free MP3 music downloads are out there, and you really can add some great tunes to your collection – without worrying about being served a warrant!