7 Best Sources of Royalty Free Music for Video or Podcast [Podsafe Audio]

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Video is a powerful means of getting your message out, and podcasting can build bonds with your listener, almost as if you have been having a weekly conversation. You can use a home-made video very effectively, and people have been creating popular podcasts in their basements since the genre was invented just a few years ago.

The one thing though, that takes a video or podcast from "obviously amateur" to the next level of professionalism is music. You’ll almost certainly want a musical theme, something to mark the beginning and end of your show. And you might use a musical loop — a piece of music that circles around and never ends — as bed music, to play softly under your podcast or video to set a mood and cover silences, and if your podcast is something more dramatic than a simple conversation, then you might want special music to work like a movie soundtrack.

But you can’t just take a section of your favorite CD and use that for your intro or bed music. The Recording Industry Association of America actively enforces their members’ copyrights with expensive infringement lawsuits, but even if they didn’t, it’s just wrong to take someone’s creative work without permission. The good news is that there are musical resources online that can give a professional touch to your video, podcast for free, for a voluntary payment or in exchange for credit and a link. You will be able to find music that sets the right tone for your video or podcast without having to pay high purchase fees or recurring royalties.

Where to Get Songs

For this article I’m defining a song as a piece of music with a beginning, middle, and an end. It may have lyrics or it may not. If you use a song for your podcast or video, chances are that you’ll use only a snippet of it, maybe the opening for the introduction to your podcast and the fadeout for the end. Here are sites that specialize in songs.

Music Alley


This huge database of songs is always my first stop when I’m looking for music for a podcast or video. There is so much music, categorized into dozens of specific genres, that I collect song after song in my playlist. It’s hard to know when to stop. Then I go back and pick the one that best fits the project.

The music is published under a Creative Commons license. You can use the music for free with after signing up for a free producer’s account with the site. They only ask that you give the musician credit and a link.

Podsafe Audio


Podsafe Audio has a large selection of free downloads. They’re categorized into 25 genres, such as big band, hip hop, religious, and world — so there is a wide variety of musical styles.

My only criticism of the interface is that you can’t play music clips online. You have to download each song to listen to it. If you’re browsing through dozens or hundreds of melodies looking for the right one for your podcast, downloading each one can add a lot to the time.

Internet Archive Community Audio Project


Find open-source, out-of-copyright and Creative Commons music at this site of the Internet Archive that might be just what you’re looking for. The site has converted a collection of music from 78 rpm records and even the cylinders that preceded disks to computer files and has even taken the noise out of many of them. There are many genres to choose from and a usable interface.

Where to Get Music Loops

The difference between a "song" and a "loop" is that while a song has a beginning, a middle and an end, a loop is designed not to go anywhere. It can go on and on indefinitely and seamlessly. When your DVD keeps playing the same audio and video over and over at the "play" menu, waiting for you to make a decision, that’s a loop. There are two kinds of loops here — background loops and musicians’ loops.

Background loops are made specifically for presentations, whether it’s PowerPoint, podcast or video. They usually have more instruments, and often they run 30 seconds or more before they come to the place to loop back around. Musicians’ loops are usually one instrument, and they are often under 10 seconds long. They’re designed to provide backup for a solo musician or a band that needs some extra instrumentation to fill out a sound.

I’ve included both kinds of loops here because either one can work as music for podcast or video — depending on what kind of effect you’re trying to achieve.



Flashkit offers more than 7,000 royalty-free music loops. The site has different levels of rights: freeware, linkware, shareware. The license type is listed in the author information. In my random sampling, I didn’t hear any physical instruments, only electronic tones, and the site has a search box but no categories, so finding the right sound may take longer than at some of the other places.



Free-Loops offers more than 7,000 musicians’ loops, including many drum beats and various instruments. The interface is easy to navigate, and you can play the loop on the site to find out if you like it or not. You can download them one by one for free or pay $9.95 to download all 7,000. Looperman offers a very usable interface, with musicians’ loops categorized by musical genre, instrument, and beats per minute. It even has sound effects. The loops are free, but you have to sign up for a free membership to download.



Looperman offers a very usable interface, with musicians’ loops categorized by musical genre, instrument, and beats per minute. It even has sound effects. The loops are free, but you have to sign up for a free membership to download.



Imbibe offers free musicians’ loops, categorized by instrument. It gives a brief description, such as "Vocal Percussion Loop Nr. 1" along with beats per minute. It’s easy to listen to and quick to download the files you’ve found.

So Give Your Podcast or Video Some Zing

Music is not just a decoration. It sets the mood of your podcast or video, gives the listener or viewer a hint of what the mood and approach will be. It can be an important part of branding your information products. These free resources can give you good royalty-free music for your audio, video, or multimedia presentation.

The writer Jan Bear hosts a weekly podcast, Marketing Savvy, where she gives tips for building your web platform on the internet.

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948 Responses to “7 Best Sources of Royalty Free Music for Video or Podcast [Podsafe Audio]”

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  2. sefcug says:

    I don’t do podcasts but, there is a lot of great music freely available at http://www.jamendo.com/en/.

  3. ZUngPoo says:

    LOL, its ALL royalty free music lol.


  4. Tara says:

    Nice list there’s also http://stockmusicboutique.com that has a good selection of soundtracks some to buy, and some for free with attribution.

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  6. Friedbeef says:

    Thanks guys – keep those suggestions and recommendations coming!

  7. Jan says:

    Thanks for adding these other sites. I’ll check them out.

    There really is a lot of great music out there to use.

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  9. I offer lots of music for completely free use from my website http://www.cameronmusic.co.uk it is all available for instant download and all I ask is that you credit me. I hope its useful


  10. beats says:

    you can also get royalty free beats at http://www.MardahBeatz.com. That’s music too lolz

  11. Jan says:

    Thanks for adding that site, beats. I’ve heard podcasts that use straight beat loops, and it works very well.

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  13. Jimbo Jack says:

    there’s a lot of great music available at


  14. Big Jay says:

    Another great source for royalty free music is Royalty Free Music Library. They have both paid content and free content available. Good quality too.

  15. cusica says:

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  16. cusica says:

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  18. Thanks for the great post, I have been looking to make a backing beat for my internet radio show while im talking. I have been getting my free samples from here http://dancemidisamples.com/log-in-for-free-stuff.html have a look it takes like 5 minutes to create an account

  19. Ryan says:

    Most of the free sites are rap beats, for more band type free music try

  20. Ryan says:

    http://sophonic.com     or
    Great source for free royalty free music

  21. Thanks for the information, I have tried a couple of these sites before but they did not seem to have any updates. I think it would be better if they offer weekly demo tracks instead of a list of old free samples

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