If you read my last blog post on how to get free images online then you will recall I mentioned some useful sites that could be used to make your blog look much more engaging and exciting, without worrying about costs.
On a similar thread, this week I’m focusing on a number of websites which offer free music. Perfect if you’re creating a brand video or podcast and want to ‘jazz it up’.
As a rule, using someone else’s music or sound effects without permission could violate their copyright and you could face a hefty fine. However, that’s where Creative Commons licensed content comes in. You might think this only covers images, but under the terms and conditions of this licence, there is also a wide variety of free music downloads that have been authorised by the artists themselves.
One of the sites recommended by creative commons is, Jamendo. This site can used to discover new music by searching for artists, as well as most-downloaded, and most-played. When you find a song or artist you like, you can then download the track or album. The site has a collection of more than 350,000 tracks for you to browse through. As well as downloading from other artists you can upload your own music and licence your song(s) under the Creative Commons law.
Another site I came across is Freesound. This is great for if you’re recording a podcast and need to break up your content with music. This site has some interesting sounds you can download. One of my favourite is the “hungry stomach” sound – you never know when this will come in handy!
Amazon – There’s a good selection of free music to download at Amazon. You can see the all the free music downloads by clicking on a genre or sorting by popularity, release date etc. You can play it from the Amazon Cloud Player or download it to your computer anytime you want.