Tips for getting the best free music online

Tips for getting the best free music online

Have you ever watched a video online or a TV commercial and wondered how and/or where they get the great, high-quality music playing in the background? The individuals/companies behind the media had to acquire what is known as free music. What is free music?

Audio files that are licensed by a customer for use in media-related activities such as film, radio or television

This article is written to provide insight as well as suggestions on how to acquire the best free music online. To begin with, here are some things to watch out for:

Free Audio Download Sources

Websites that provide free audio files usually come with a catch. You have to pay extra for licensing. You can always download the audio files for non-commercial use, but the only way to avoid a potential lawsuit is to pay extra. There are also websites that provide free audio downloads without license information. I would suggest avoiding all of these sites if you plan to use their music commercially. You might be thinking “why would anyone want copyright free music?” Well, you will be surprised to know that many of these sites get their music from unreliable sources. Some even upload copyrighted music and offer it for free.

Sources with low playback quality

If you are looking for free music online on a website where the playback quality is insufficient in your opinion, then you should probably leave. It’s true that some websites provide low playback quality on purpose to prevent people from wanting to steal their music. However, you may find that they may not have a choice in the matter as the original audio file may already be of low quality. Recently, more trusted sources that offer free music use tagged audio files to preview songs. What I mean by this is that they provide tags or identifiers throughout the song, as in recent years this has proven to be the most effective way to prevent audio theft online. An example of this would be the website name repeating every four bars during the preview.

Sources that do not provide licensing information

Websites that do not provide any information related to licensing are likely to be unreliable. If you are particularly wary, you may want to contact the website owners about this. Any reliable website should have a contact system; most are called the Contact Us link.

Sources that do not provide audio playback

This may be the most important thing to watch out for. If a website can’t provide a preview of what you might be interested in, you’re probably wasting your time there.

So where should you look?

Ideally, the sources to use to find free music would be those that offer:

High quality playback

Licensing options (like standard or unlimited)


The only downside to using these sites would be that they can be very expensive, and that’s just for one audio file.

Of course, you should know that there are sources that provide affordable solutions for high-quality, free audio. Feel free to visit my website for more information or, if you prefer, you can always research different sources yourself. I hope this was helpful.


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