There’s a big difference between free music for social media and royalty free stock music. The free music refers to the one that is free to download but you have no rights to use it in personal projects and commercial advertisements. If used, you might face copyright issues which result in some serious charges. On the other hand, Royalty free music is the one for which you buy a license. In other words, it is known as free from any royalty fees. You just have to buy it once and download it on your PC or mobile and use it in any project you want.
There are many benefits of using royalty free paid as well as free music. Depending on your needs, it is recommended to go with paid ones because free ones are only allowed for personal social media videos and not for commercial use. In this article, we will look at the top websites that are offering royalty free stock music and sound effects (both free and paid).
First on our list is an International content platform Depositphotos with more than 200 million creative asset available to download from. These creative assets include stock photos, vectors, illustrators, stock videos, stock music & sfx, and sound effects. Out of 200 million asset, 90 million are just stock photos and vectors. There are more than 900,000 stock music and sound effects available including free and paid. Users are allowed to filter through different genre, mood, BPM, and length. The length of sound effects and music ranges from 1 second to maximum of 10 minutes.
The best thing about Depositphotos is they offer watermarked sample to first test in your project and then purchase it. You can download the sample and check if it fits on your youtube videos, games, and other business projects. After you are satisfied, you can buy it as on demand single purchase or go with monthly subscription. To get started visit: depositphotos.com/music.html.
Founded in 2009 and till date has uploaded 35,000 royalty free stock music tracks and 90,000 sound effects. The sole purpose of this stock music website was to provide high-quality stock music tracks at reasonable price. Once you purchase a plan, you get all legal stuff right in your monthly and yearly license. With easy to use interface and filter feature, you can find the best music or sound effect for your videos.
The best thing about Epidemic Sound is they have separate categories for Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitch, Films, and Advertisement music. This makes it easy to browse through the right category and select your desired music. Looking at the subscriptions, Epidemic Sound offer 3 plans. First is $15/month with unlimited downloads. Second is $49/month with unlimited use in digital ads. Last is Enterprise plan that is of custom needs. The best thing we recommend is to go with annual plan as it saves you $6/month on personal plan and $30/month on commercial plan.
Adobe Stock Audio
If you are working on a business project and finalizing video on Adobe Premier Pro or After Affects, then Adobe Stock Audio is the most easiest and reasonable to go with. Why it is easiest because it automatically integrates with Adobe software and you can directly download the music in the software. On Adobe Stock Audio, you can search your favorite track by using filter of genre, mood and length. Moreover, you can also filter by vocals, tempo, and audio partner. Same like depositphotos, Adobe Stock Audio was allow users to first download preview of music and fit it in your video background. If you are satisfied, purchase the music or sound effect and get a license to use it anywhere you want.