When it comes to background music for video there are a lot of options to choose from.  Instead of looking for free music I recommend that you buy your music royalty free from a music library. This way you can get high quality music for at a fair price and make sure that you don’t violate any copyrights.

What is royalty free music?

Royalty free music is often referred to as stock music or library music. You license the music for a  one time fee and can use it as background music in your own video productions. You do not have to pay subsequent royalties and can in most cases you can use the music in as many productions as you want.

If you are going to make a very large number of DVDs (f.ex. more than 10.000) you might have to acquire an additional license before using the music. The precise terms and conditions is stated at the stock media site where you choose to buy your video background music.

Reselling the royalty music tracks is not allowed as the copyright is still owned by the creator of the music.

Where can i find good background music for video?

There is a huge number of music libraries and stock media sites on the Internet. They all sell royalty free music but many of them also sell sound effects and video clips . Here are some of my favorite sites when it comes to finding background music for videos:

Can I use the music in my video production software?

Yes, the music typically comes in wav format (16 or 24 bit, 44.1 kHz) or high quality mp3 format (320 kbps, 44.1 kHz). These formats are supported by most video production software. After you have purchased a track you get a download link sent to your e-mail right away.

How much does a royalty free track typically cost?

The price for at royalty free track at one of the mentioned web sites typically cost $20-$40 but the price can vary a lot. You can find tracks that are much cheaper or much more expensive. If you are going to buy a track for private, non-commercial or educational use you can often get the track at a lower price.

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