I wanted to find some music for the beginning and end (intro and outro) of this podcast. I wanted it to be:
- Free or low cost.
- No license or copyright restrictions.
It sounded like easy requirements, until I started to research. There are lots of permutations of "free" and "free to use".
Definition of Terms
- Podsafe Music
- Music that is specifically free to podcasting. It might or might not be free for use in radio, television, or personal use.
- Public Domain Music
- Music and lyrics published in 1922 or earlier are in the Public Domain in the United States. No one can claim ownership of a song in the public domain. Recordings of the songs are copyright protected however.
- Creative Commons Music
- Creative Commons is system that allows you to legally use "some rights reserved" music for free under certain conditions. Creative Commons licensed music isnít free for all uses, only some ó so make sure to check out the terms.
- Free music.
- Free music is either in the public domain or licensed under a free license. Free music can freely be copied, distributed and modified for any purpose. Free means it is free to use, and does not mean no cost. There might be a fee.
Places to find Podsafe Music
- BlogTalkRadio provides some resources for royalty-free or podsafe music to download.
- The Music Bakery
- The mood pieces look good. A few seconds of inspirational or uplifting music.
- Bright Future | High Spirits | Cyber Future | Global Energy
- Steady Progress | Motivational Jazz | Global Connections
- Audio Bag
- Instead of introducing yourself, let us introduce you in a podcast intro. You'll gain instant credibility and impress your listeners.
- Not free, but lots of selections. Good search by theme, mood, etc.
See "Bright Big Fun and Bouncy"
- Music Tracks Library
- Juh-Tah Beat
- Taiko Drums
- Royalty Free Classical Music
- Brandenberg Concerto
Music on the Web
- Creative Commons Music
- Youíve probably heard a number of different terms when talking about rights to use music, so what do they actually mean?
- Guide to Music on the Web - Part I
- This is a list of services that you can use over the net without the need to download anything to your computer.
- Guide to Music on the Web - Part II
- A tour of music search engines, Web players, ways to share music on Twitter, and music mixing apps.
Information about Intros and Outros
- I - ABC of Podcasting: Intros and Outros
- Overview and Guidelines for Podcast Intros and Outros