20 Royalty Free Music Libraries for Bootstrapping Do-Gooders

Video is one of the best performing mediums for social media sharing and videos are usually not complete without accompanying sound.  The downside of a shallow exploration of royalty free music libraries is the same tracks that have been used over and over again by marketers.  With a deeper search and some creativity, and these resources, you can still come up with fresh sounds… for free.

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BBC Sound Effects

Only free for personal, educational or resource purposes, this library of 16000 sounds is a pleasant surprise. Load up to 100 sounds on a page and play as many simultaneously as you'd like (if you're into experimental sound). Or by a license to use any of the sounds commercially.

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Find a solid collection of almost 4000 original music tracks by real artists over at http://dig.ccmixter.org/free

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This is a two-in-one here. The link attached to this box goes to Adobe sound effects. This link in the text takes you to their library of music loops. In both cases the list looks small, but each download is a large zip file containing hundreds of clips governed by "Adobe Software License Agreement ("EULA") for Adobe Audition and other related Adobe software, available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/eulas/"


Do you want some annoying tech music? I'm sorry but I tolerate this stuff about as well as I do contemporary Christian music. Can someone do a parody album with this stuff? Please? p.s. I picked the best one I could find. BenSound

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Flashkit is a music streaming veteran. Been around since 1999 actually. That means the well is deep and not so user-friendly. 2 links here, the first is this clickable box that goes to loops and the other is to sound effects.

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The real deal. There are real artists playing real instruments and giving the gift of music for free. Visit their licensing page first.

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Combine BenSound with FlashKit and behold: FreeStockMusic.com

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The first truly paid site on the list with a misleading name, and one you can easily avoid by making use of the BBC and Adobe sites above. The main advantage of FreeSoundEffects is searchability.

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The music industry isn't the only tough game in town, but it is definitely one of them. Icon8 is giving artists exposure in exchange for a link - RZRS from Fugue

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Bring your audio recorder because this public domain music site features a collection of golden oldie YouTube videos. Have fun stormin' the castle!

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Jamendo is an excellent source of professional bands playing professional music. Sign up and choose whether you need a commercial license. If not, you are able to use the music for free.

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Royalty Free Music Loops & Samples "The royalty free loops, samples and sounds listed here have been kindly uploaded by other users and are free to use in your project." Simple loops, great for building your own sounds.

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Moby, yes, moby has made 150 tracks or so available for nonprofits and independent film makers. I haven't created an account yet. Try it. You may be eligible to tap in.

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Need classical music? Can't record it from YouTube yourself? Well, ok... You can find it here. But what you can't find on Youtube is accompanying sheet music. Create an account and enjoy create your own conservatory of music.

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Not only do they have audio. Pond5 also offers archival footage and images as well as 3d models. "Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects. Completely free & made available by Pond5."

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"Get the right sounds at the right time for free. Browse all the free sample packs including exclusive sounds from featured artists." All you have to do is sign up.

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"Expand Your Retro Music Horizons 4 FREE www.surf4u.com Home of The Free Music List Listen To Songs Curated By Music Lovers." Great collection

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YouTube Audio Library

Have you forgotten the YouTube has a music library as well? Click the box here to visit the sound effects library and click here to go to the music.

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