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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. MusikLink says:

      Thanks a lot for the links mate..
      I’ll check it now

    2. iBeat says:

      Nice list.

      We run a Creative Commons licensed site, with podsafe music, and production packs. The audio archive contains high quality wave files in a shot, loop and session divide. Perhaps you would consider adding this to the list?

      Another good site is Soundsnap.com, where you can download free fx, sounds and music.

      Freesound rocks in you are into soundscaping.

      Cheers from DK

    3. Resim Yukle says:

      You are right. i will use these helpful link to find music for my video.
      thanks for sharing these links



    4. Joanna Livingstone says:

      An excellent list you’ve compiled here. More useful sites for obtaining free and legal music downloads under a creative commons license are Foxtunes and Goingware. These should keep you safely out of the clutches of the RIAA :)

    5. Thanx so much for sharing the list bro .. Stumbled your blog..

      Btw, do you think windows movie maker is good option to make videos ?? what all softwares would you recommend for video creation

    6. MIT TechTV says:

      Windows Movie Maker and iMovie are two decent FREE video editing applications. They are great for making some basic videos (which is all most people are doing). If you wanted to go higher end, we use Final Cut Pro and find it allows us to do absolutely everything we need to do, but it also costs a decent amount of money and only runs on Macs. Let me know if I can help with anything else.

    7. Charles Allhands says:

      Archive.org has lots of cc/free/open source music (as well lots of other cc/free/open source content).

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    12. Shaz says:

      Thanks a lot for sharing the useful links!

    13. Wow great links thanks a million.

    14. Sell Website says:

      Great list! Thanks a bunch! I didn’t even know any sites like these existed.
      Will visit this blog more often!

    15. vektörel says:

      Thanks a lot for sharing the useful links!

    16. Thank you for all the great links. I have been thinking about using music in a video I am about to make but was not sure.

      By the way, is adobe after effects worth my money or is Microsoft Movie maker just as good? Thanks Again!

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    18. youtube fan says:

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    19. Pete Smith says:

      Most of our tracks have been released under a non commercial creative commons license and made freely available for radio stations, podcasters and independent filmmakers to use in their shows/films.

      We are an independent record label not a big bad corporation out to sue you for file sharing, we WANT you to spread our music around.

      With such an overcrowded market place giving away your music is essential in my opinion. The biggest problem for emerging indie artists today is obscurity, not piracy. To find out more listen to The Antiqcool Podcast


    20. Emory Pong says:

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    21. Nice resource for royalty free music, thanks for putting it up for us!

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    24. Diego says:

      good I need some music to do some anime videos, you know a video with a good song and some anime images, do you look something a video Evangelion video clip with Angel from Rammstein, simply amazing.

    25. Thank you for the links! Great read, the thing for what I was looking already some time for!

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    27. great i need music, everybody need music,, thanks for share

    28. Best resource for royalty free music,I think jamendo.com is the best one.

    29. Hairdo Selin says:

      Using iBeat.Org also and it is really cool. Great tips in this article, thanks :) Should be carefull with copyright!

    30. Hiya amazing article I want to read more about this soon…

    31. Forex says:

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    32. cupuacu says:

      Thats rather interesting, I was unaware of all the free ways to obtain music. Thanks for the links, I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    33. Cinfer says:

      Thanks for the resources. Great

    34. cfd says:

      that’s great list. thanks for sharing it

    35. forex says:

      i personally recommend public domain. ive got an account there and it works great.

    36. HouzeOfPhat says:

      I like this blog and didn’t know about a lot of this information. We create music as well for TV music beds.

    37. Talitha says:

      Thanks for posting these links, these great resource for royalty free music will i use for my video. I always use Final Cut Pro for my video’s and these links for music are great for Final Cut Pro. And yes it cost a decent amount of money but you do have great software for everything what involves video making.

    38. nilavilakku says:

      Nice resource for royalty free music, thanks for putting it up for us!

    39. John says:

      Hey h=thanks so much for the links! I will check them out and come back and let you know if I found anything I will keep on my playlist!

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    41. I found this blog post to be very interesting. I have went through and read many of your posts.

    42. 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

    43. I’ve used ibeat.org and it’s been great. I get music for all the videos I make and there’s a lot of original songs and music I use there. I’ll have to check out the rest of the list. Thanks

    44. Indeed some nice resource. thanks for updating us.

      I did already use some music,

    45. its always great to come across sites with such good resource of music..
      and i am really a music lover !! so thanks for that .

    46. this is a very great music links, i really like it

    47. L.A.S.E.R. says:

      freesound uber alles! using it since 2006, and it keeps growing!

    48. very good urls
      ibeat.org and freesound.org is what I need for now…
      thank you thank you thank you!

    49. Thank you for this resource, I will dfinitely be using it now!

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