When using background music, it all depends on what we define as “commercial use“.
Do you need songs to use in a video, advertisement or company presentation? Or to use it in an app, web or video game that you created? Or to use in your current business as background music?
Here there’s a list of the best online music providers:
|Marketplace||Type of Service||Prices||Visit|
|EPIDEMIC SOUND||Monthly subscription for Youtube||Between $15 / month and $45 / month per subscription|
|ENVATO ELEMENTS||Monthly subscription||From $15 / month|
|AUDIOJUNGLE||Individual Licenses||From $29 per song|
|SOUNDTRACK YOUR BRAND||Background music for companies||$35/month per location|
Let’s see each one of these use cases:
1. I want to buy royalty-free music or jingles to use in commercial projects or Youtube
If you want to use those royalty-free songs to add background music to a video, an ad or other artistic creation or product -app, website, audiobook…-, there are two distinct cases according to your needs:
- You need to use famous or commercial songs. Cannot be otherwise.
- You don’t care that the songs are too well known, you just want to find the ones that best fit your project.
In the first scenario (1), is necessary to have the explicit permission of the people who wrote the music -composers, lyricists, and publishers- and people who represented and recorded it -artists and record labels-.
This means you may have to contact more than one organization just to get permission to use the music. You also will have to pay a certain amount of money for licensing them, which is usually a high number.
In the second scenario (2), things are much simpler, since there are many specialized Internet marketplaces where the licensing rights are sold or websites with free songs under the so-called ‘Creative Commons’ licenses.
You will find different licensing prices depending on the scope of the project in which you’re working. It will not be the same to buy a song and use it as background music for a Youtube video or to use it as the soundtrack of a big movie.
It’s important to remember that you cannot simply use the songs from a CD or download them from iTunes, Spotify or Google Play and then use them. You’re risking your project to be sued by some record label or automatically blocked on websites like Youtube or Facebook.
Buying the song entitles you to use it for your own use and enjoyment, never to add it to another commercial project. But purchasing the license does.
We took the time to classify the best websites on the Internet to get royalty-free music, which will save you time and money without sacrificing quality:
It has a library of more than 35,00 Royalty-Free songs and 90,000 sound effects.
Epidemic Sound is the online music service that the most famous YouTubers and big channels use.
Pricing starts at $15/month. You will be able to monetize your videos without any further problems and you will never receive a copyright claim from YouTube again.
Some of the top features are:
- Easy sign-up and use of the service. All new users get a 30-day free trial.
- One of the cheapest monthly fees.
- Never worry about copyright claims.
- Monetize your video content and whitelist all platforms: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Podcasts and Twitch.
- Find an extensive 100% royalty-free catalog of top-quality music and SFX
- Download tracks in stems: you can sound design and edit any track the way you like it, and make your content stand out.
- Pay a monthly fee and cancel any time (no annual commitment).
This service does not work in the same way as the previous one, i.e. it is not dedicated to offering licenses for individual songs. Through a monthly subscription of 14.50€, Envato Elements gives access to unlimited downloads from its large music library.
This site has the best search engine through which you can find your songs. By simply typing a keyword or mood that interests you, it will show hundreds of songs to listen and try right away.
Currently, AudioJungle is one of the favorite marketplaces for artists when it comes to the time to creating and polishing many of his professional works. In our opinion, AudioJungle offers songs and sound effects with the highest quality of the entire Internet.
Songs can be used for $29 for a standard license and most sound effects cost $1. You can take a look here at the different licenses. The main difference with other websites is the rigorous review process of the new songs that are added daily.
In addition, this site has the best search engine through which we can find our songs by simply typing a keyword or mood that interests us.
2. I want to use background streaming music to play in my stores
If you want to use background music for your physical business -without having to worry about paying fees every month to the main PROs- and at the same time being able to play well-known music from Spotify, the ideal solution is then Soundtrack Your Brand.
This Swedish platform offers more than 300 music stations of different genres, which are updated daily with more than 10,000 songs.
All their music tracks are chosen and organized in a way that has been scientifically proven to increase sales and improve customer experience.
Also, they offer an extensive list of features that will make Soundtrack Your Brand the perfect partner when it comes to adding the best background music to your business. Among its benefits are the following:
- Total control of your business’ music
- Music reproduction in as many locations as you want
- Over 300 soundtracks with songs selected by experts
- Possibility to create new soundtracks by mixing several stations
- Flexibility to schedule and play soundtracks on different days and times
- Sync your Spotify account to import your playlists
- Remote control from any device (Smartphone, tablet or PC/laptop)
- Available for various operating systems, including iOS, Android and Windows
- Offline mode to keep the music going even if you don’t have Internet access
The monthly cost for the United States and Canada is $35 per month and location but, in addition, they offer their new users 14 days totally free of charge so that they can try out the platform without any commitment.
However, you should know that, although Soundtrack Your Brand usually offers all the necessary rights to the music tracks, in some continents, and specifically in some countries -including UK and Australia-, it is necessary to acquire the public communication license through the record labels, music publishers, and/or local collection societies in order to use Soundtrack Your Brand legally.
When it comes to buying and using songs for any commercial use, today we can find a multitude of online options that greatly facilitate this process.
Monthly subscription services such as Epidemic Sound are ideal if you want to use that music in any video on the Internet. On the other hand, AudioJungle offers music for radio ads, individual songs to be used in television or products.
And, if what you need is background music for your store, Soundtrack Your Brand is then the perfect choice.