You will often need good quality background music, jingles or sound effects when starting a podcast.
It’s essential to look for royalty free music licenses when using music for podcasts (and YouTube videos) so you don’t have to pay for use or download.
The price of the initial license varies in all of these companies that offer royalty-free tracks. You’ll find most between $20 and $30 and only a text credit and a link.
They usually allow you to sort by genre, mood, tags, and other methods to filter and find the style you’re looking for.
PremiumBeat is our favorite source of royalty free music. Whether you need introductory podcast music, external music, transaction segments, background music or anything else, this is where I start.
One of the most interesting features is the Collections section, where you can find hand-recorded songs for different uses, like «Music For Food Blogs» and «Game Day».
Its built-in player has plenty of options for playing different lengths, saving playlists and more.
You’ll also find some resources for podcasters like this article on how to tell a better story with effective sound mixing in podcasts.
They have standard and premium licensing options depending on your needs.
Shutterstock has just announced an unlimited music subscription for $199 per year.
They specifically say you can use it for podcasting, business, and social media – just about anything.
Pond5 is also a paid license but worth looking at if you have a little budget. Very good interface to find the exact style you need. We know a lot of people who are using this for YouTube videos.
They also have video footage, images, sound effects and more.
Incompetech is home to thousands of Creative Commons tracks that are free to use for a link. Paid licenses are also available if you don’t want to give credit.
No doubt you have heard many of these, as the site is one of the most popular for free music.
- Silverman Sound Studios
Silverman Sound Studios has a very high quality production, and 100% free to use the music for the price of one credit. They make it easy to filter and preview tracks to find exactly what you’re looking for.
You can also get a non-attribution license for a small fee.
- Music from Pixabay
A service of the well-known stock photography site, Pixabay Music offers free music tracks.
Users can filter the songs by categories such as genre, mood and movement.
- Free music archive
The Free Music Archive collects the music of hundreds of artists from all over the world.
If you’re looking for introductory music to the free podcasts, there are thousands of tracks you can check out if you have the time.
And as the name suggests, they’re totally royalty free music to use.
Audionautix has a lot of good background music that is free to use on credit.
The music is good, but the interface is not the best for searching.