If you are a freelancer, a content creator, a marketing company or just looking for royalty-free background music for videos or commercials, you have probably already heard of Epidemic Sound.
In this article, we will explain in depth a great new addition to the ES experience that Epidemic Sound has developed to make your user experience much more satisfying.
What is Epidemic Sound?
Epidemic Sound is one of the best-known platforms in the royalty-free music industry. It is used by many world-renowned companies, as well as the majority of YouTubers and influencers, as it offers a library of more than 100,000 songs and sound effects, created by the best independent artists.
They differ from other web portals that offer Royalty-free music because they have numerous tools that make it easy to find the perfect soundtrack and because it is the sole owner of the rights to all music in their catalog.
This results in licensed Epidemic Sound subscribers never getting copyright claims when using the music in content that gets published on public platforms, like YouTube.
New mobile app launch
As a content creator, you probably edit your projects comfortably at your desk, with a big computer screen and a pair of good speakers.
However, at some point you may have been on your way to the supermarket or the gym listening to music on your headphones and discovered a song that you think is ideal for the project you are working on, having to write it down or remember the title for later.
Epidemic Sound offers an alternative that makes this process easier, more convenient and faster: their new mobile app.
Through this application, designed for iOS and Android, users with an Epidemic Sound account can discover, save and download music tracks and sound effects instantly, regardless of when and where they are.
What is it for?
The Epidemic Sound app is designed for all content creators who want to have a wide catalog of songs and sound effects just a click away on the screen of their mobile phone or tablet. Users get music recommendations, can discover new songs, create playlists and download them whenever and wherever they want.
How does it work?
First of all, the most important thing is to have an account or create one through their website, as they are working on a version that allows you to register directly in the app.
Once you have done this, all you have to do is go to the “Play Store” – if you have an Android device – or the “Apple Store” – if you have an iOS device – and search for the app under the name Epidemic Sound. Once downloaded, log in to your account to be able to enjoy all the benefits: Once inside, you can access three different pages at the bottom of the screen: “discover page“, “browse function” and “saved“. We will explain each of them below.
On the “discover page“, you can scroll back and forth through different playlists with news, latest tracks added, trends… You can click on any of these playlists to dig deeper into them: just to the right of the playlist title, there is a “play” button – just like in any other music app – to start playing the songs. If while you are listening to music you find a song you like to add to your projects, just click on the three dots on the right side of the song title (or even faster: click on the heart in the mini player!).
From there you can create a new playlist, add it to an existing playlist, bookmark it by clicking on the heart symbol or download and export it. To access the music player, click on the field with the title and artist name while playing the track.
This lets you fast forward and rewind using the waveform, swipe for the next or previous track, and see similar tracks in the listing below. Scrolling down this same “discover page” you will find “more of what you like“, a section where you will find playlists, songs and sound effects based on your previous downloads.
Browse and search function
By clicking on the magnifying glass at the bottom center of the screen, you will find this function with a search engine so that, just like on the website, you can easily search for a song from Epidemic Sound’s extensive catalog; either by name, artist, genre, themes or sound effects…
Finally, at the bottom right of the screen, there is a symbol similar to a bookmark, in which all the songs you have saved and the playlists you have created are compiled. These are also synced to your account on the web so that you can save tracks on your phone and have them ready for when you want to edit on your computer
As a content creator, this is a great option to have all the music you use organized by playlist in the order you want to follow: a playlist for each project, a playlist for each mood…
In short, this Epidemic Sound app offers all freelancers and content creators the possibility of having all the songs and sound effects from their catalog organized, simple and quick with just one click. Below you can see exactly how it works
Learn more about Epidemic Sound
Epidemic Sound is a company of Swedish origin, a reference in the sector since its creation in 2009, so it has more than 12 years of experience offering royalty-free music and sound effects for audiovisual projects, marketing ads, podcasts…
As advantages of this website, we can highlight that, in order to make the search for music tracks as satisfactory and comfortable as possible, they have not only classified their songs by genre, mood, albums… but they also have several tools that make the user experience really comfortable and fast.
However, the main and differentiating feature of Epidemic Sound is that they have the so-called “direct license“, which is the license that, simply explained, includes each and every one of the rights necessary to use the songs.
Having songs with a direct license means having absolute freedom to use them in your videos and distribute them on any online platform and in any country in the world.
For some time now, Epidemic has had two really useful tools for finding the ideal music tracks. These are:
“Find similar“. This function tries to find music tracks and background sounds that fall into the same category or have the same tags.
“More of what you like” gives you music recommendations based on the songs you have recently downloaded from Epidemic Sound.
They also have an option called “Stems“, which allows you to be more creative in the design of the song you need, as it allows the possibility of eliminating vocals or instruments to your liking, adapting the music to your needs.
On the other hand, there are also the “Clearing videos” and “Clearing invitations“, which are ideal for those agencies or freelancers who create videos for their clients. If you want to know more about how they work, we recommend this article on our website.
Finally, they have recently added a new tool called “EAR” –Epidemic Audio Reference-. It is a tool that allows you to select a fragment of a song from their extensive music playlist and automatically displays other songs that are based on it: with similar rhythms, voice pitch… A quick and easy way to find similar royalty-free music.
If you want to know more, we have an article on our website that explains in depth how it works.
To be able to enjoy these tools and the advantages mentioned throughout the article, you must have one of its two subscription plans, adapted to the needs of the user, depending on whether they are companies or freelancers.
For companies, agencies and freelancers Epidemic Sound offers its Commercial Plan, through which you can:
Download unlimited music with all rights included.
Use that music in online advertisements, as well as on any social network.
Get personalized music recommendations.
Ability to protect customer videos from copyright claims, or even do it themselves.
Access the Epidemic Sound mobile app.
The cost varies depending on whether you choose to pay monthly or pay annually in advance. If you choose the first option, the cost is €49 per month. However, if you opt for the annual payment, the price is reduced to €19 per month, for a total of €228 per year, giving a saving of more than 50% on the final price.
On the other hand, for Youtubers or content creators Epidemic Sound has a Personal Plan, with which you can enjoy:
Download unlimited music with all rights included.
Use the music for videos or podcasts with the possibility of publishing them on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok and podcast platforms.
Select a full music track or download only the vocal or instrumental part.
Use the music in sponsored or branded content for your own channels.
Access the Epidemic Sound mobile app.
This plan, if you want to pay monthly, is priced at €13 per month. However, Epidemic Sound offers the possibility to pay €108 per year in advance – that is, €9 per month – which is a saving of €4 per month compared to the month-to-month payment option.
Epidemic Sound has managed to include its entire catalog of royalty-free music tracks and sound effects in a mobile app, making it easier for freelancers and content creators to search, find and select the ideal songs for their projects.
From now on, anyone with a registered Epidemic Sound account will be able to enjoy Epidemic Sound in even more depth thanks to its new app, being able to access it anytime, anywhere and enjoy its content through their mobile phone.
If this is the first time you hear about Epidemic Sound and you are looking for royalty-free background music for your music projects, in this article we have explained each of the tools and advantages you can get if you subscribe to one of their two plans.
Without a doubt, Epidemic Sound is a portal that continuously reforms and updates its products, adapting to the needs of all users, guaranteeing an excellent user experience.
FAQ. Frequently Asked Questions about the new Epidemic Sound´s mobile app
Can I download songs from the app?
You can download tracks from the app directly to your phone for a quick mobile video editing experience, export them to Dropbox or other apps, send tracks via email and much more.
How do I download tracks in the app?
Download tracks by clicking on the three dots to the right of the track title to open the context menu. On iOS devices, you can click Download and, from the share window, you can select where you want to save or export the file. On Android devices, you can choose to download the file locally to your phone or you can export it.
Can I register for an account on the application?
At the moment, you need to have an Epidemic account to access the app. You can register by browsing our website using a computer. Once you have an account, you will be able to log into the Epidemic Sound app.
Can I manage my account on the app?
Currently, it is not possible to purchase a subscription license on the app. However, this is all possible by logging into your online account via a computer.