Where do you find legal music for your videos?

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Adding music to your video can get viewers in just the right mood. But it can also get you in hot water with your legal department or get your video banned from YouTube.

Fortunately, there’s a growing number of royalty-free and creative commons music sites. You won’t get the rights to “We Are the Champions” but you also won’t wind up singing “I’m a loser, baby.”

For the December episode of The Forge, we want to share some of the screencasting community’s favorite sites for inexpensive, legal music soundtracks. We need your help to build that list!

If you have a favorite source for music for your videos, please share it at our Google Moderator page or vote up others’ contributions.

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  • http://johnahayner.wordpress.com John

    amazon.com
    or
    noisetrade.com/

  • http://MacScreencasting.com Scott Skibell

    I’ve purchased some collections from Digital Juice. They can be a little expensive and their Juicer app is a pain, but the tracks are decent.

    Other collections of royalty free music can be found on Amazon (as previously mentioned) and even eBay. Just make sure you get a decent preview of the different tracks so you can make sure they fit your style.

    I also find the collection by Kevin Macleod to be a great source.

  • http://screenfab.de Waldemar Pross

    Here I wrote a post about some sources. German language, but the sites are english:
    http://screencastblog.net/2010/06/kostenlose-oder-gunstige-musik/

  • http://www.matthewniederberger.com Matthew Niederberger

    I have always found what I am looking for at http://www.jamendo.com Easy to search, listen and even download entire albums (even if I just want to listen to them). A great source for creative commons licensed music!

  • http://einiverse.eingang.org/ Michelle A. Hoyle

    Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com) is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses. They claim 272,000+ tracks. Some of it is really great. I’ve never used it for business purposes. They seem to have expanded on their licensing to specifically address business use, but I think it’s worth a look and a careful check of the various CC licenses in use for the music you’d like to use.

  • http://www.intensetech.com Logan Gray

    http://audiojungle.net/

    Audio Jungle (and their related to envato.com) are great. Lots of samples, loops, etc.. to use, and licenses are generally cheap. Nice interface as well.

  • http://blog.boutelle.us Kevin Boutelle

    I’ve used:
    – ccMixter (http://ccmixter.org/)
    – freeplaymusic (http://www.freeplaymusic.com/) – some limits, be sure to read the use agreement

    Both have great tracks to use for a wide variety of needs.

  • http://www.dappertext.com Daniel Park

    Sonicfire application in conjunction with its SmartSound library. Not free, but excellent. The ability to instantly custom-cut a track to the exact length I need is worth the price of admission in itself…

  • Jessica Donaldson

    I didn’t see anyone mention BeatPick.com!

    BeatPick is fantastic. Like Jamendo, Creative Commons, licenses vary. The site just asks that you share back a link so the artist can see what you did with their work.

    I also like SoundCloud. Didn’t see that listed.

    If you’re interested in creating high quality tunes and willing to pay for “industry standard” quality, also check out SoundSnap.com, which also has some fantastic sound effects for videos in a variety of formats.

  • Ralph

    Stock20 is a great site. Great music and lots of types and lenghts! If you use this link Stock20 will know I sent you there. It used to mean a free piece of music for both you and I, but I’m not sure it still does. I just tried it again and it went to their “create an account” page.

    http://www.stock20.com/gvr.php?rc=65xl2nv18266asd5v2x