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    Want music for your video?

    Sure, Rihanna’s “Shut Up and Drive” is the perfect song for your solar car video. Unfortunately, unless Rihanna personally gave you permission to use her music, you won’t be able to upload a video containing her song to MIT TechTV.

    Unauthorized use of someone else’s content — including music, video, images and other media — in your uploads is theft and therefore doesn’t fly on MIT TechTV. Check out our Copyright Policy and Terms of Use for what’s OK and not OK to upload to MIT TechTV.

    Does that mean your videos have to be music-free? No way. There are lots of royalty-free music sites out there. Some have contemporary songs, mixes, and loops that are licensed by their creators under Creative Commons, or CC, and some have older songs whose copyrights have expired and are thus in the public domain.

    Here are some good examples. Some of the sites below require setting up a free account:

    Copyright-expired songs, including a lot of good blues and jazz.

    Musopen takes music (mostly classical) that is in the public domain and has it recorded by individuals and college/community orchestras throughout the U.S. and stored online so it can be accessed for free through this website.

    An archive of CC-licensed music that’s available for download via P2P. You will need P2P software (e.g. BitTorrent http://www.bittorrent.com/) to download on jamendo.

    An electronic music community that offers CC-licensed tracks from genres like IDM, drum ‘n’ bass, and ambient.

    Music samples and links to websites of artists whose work is CC-licensed.

    A collaborative database of CC-licensed sounds (NOTE: these are samples of sounds — like rain falling — not music).

    A community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under CC licenses. Click on the MP3 link of your chosen song and, under your browser menu, click File, Save As to save the MP3 to your computer.

    A music production wav file archive: Loops, beats, fills, shots, samples, packs and instrumentals, available under a Creative Commons License.

    NOTE: If you do your own search for royalty-free music sites, be sure to read carefully. Some sites (excluding those listed above) have hidden fees, subscription costs, or unreasonable obligations.

    Make your own: Of course, you can also make your own music with easy-to-use software like GarageBand (comes with every Macintosh) or MAGIX Music Maker (for PCs, costs around $60). Here are some other resources for music composing software:

    Visitor Suggested Sites:

    Send us links to other good sites and we’ll add them.  Thanks!

    62 Responses to “Want music for your video?”

    1. Just had to post to thank you for this comprehensive list of sources for royalty free music. I’ve not been great about making sure I had the proper rights for projects I’ve done for personal use. I recently got a project that will be used publicly and was at a loss of where to start. This is a huge time saver for me.

    2. I was looking for some music for my videos. They were completely boring without it. Very nice resource.

    3. oyu says:

      I have to late to come here. Publicdomain4u.com is that for expired song? Could you explain about it? Sorry, If I give stupid question

    4. Hi, and thanks for sharing these useful links! Indeed, going online we must not forget to pay attention to copyright…

    5. Hi,

      I also recommend checking out FL Studio if you’re planning to make your own music.

    6. samson says:

      Yes its working nice resource, now i start adding music to my videos.

    7. Great job, thank you for that information, we have a big list over here.

    8. Thanks for the interesting links!

    9. Friendmela says:

      This blog is very interesting. I much like music. Tanks for music lover……..

    10. Shmily says:

      Sure, Rihanna’s “Shut Up and Drive” is the perfect and intresting song for your solar car video.

    11. Very cool links thx! I know it’s hard to find good free music for videos and websites so thanks for sharing these resources with us! :)

    12. thanks. i like these songs very much.

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