Music production isn’t cheap, easy or time-efficient, certainly not for any consistent vlogger looking to pump out multiple pieces of content throughout a busy week. Luckily, royalty-free music exists, the go-to audio solution for vloggers looking to add music to their must-watch vlogs.
What does royalty free mean?
Royalty-free music can be used without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use, meaning if you used it in your vlog once and you’ve paid for it, you don’t have to worry about it again. Many of the platforms below offer affordable subscription services which let you download multiple songs that include royalty-free licenses.
Audiojungle, the Envato owned entity, has nearly two million tracks and sounds in their library. In addition, their library includes a vast range of genres and types of sounds, meaning your vlog can source audio from one place.
If you are looking to save money rather than buy individual sounds, you can use Envato Elements’s subscription service. This service doesn’t include all the sounds but has enough to keep you going for a while.
Part of Shutterstock, Premiumbeat is a superb platform for high-quality music. Much like Envato Elements, it has a subscription model making buying tracks more affordable for your vlogs. The beauty behind Premiumbeat is the way you can search for music. You can select genres, vocals, mood, BPM, duration, artists, instruments and more. It’s a genuinely excellent platform for royalty-free music.
Soundstripe is another excellent alternative for music licencing. The site offers various subscription plans, including a music-only subscription which gives you unlimited music licences for your vlog. The subscription cost annually comes to around £64, which we feel is a terrific deal.
Soundstripe, on average, adds over 200 songs per month and also has an SFX and video library if you need it.
Epidemic Sound still stands as the go-to for so many YouTubers with its vast and vlog-fitting library. For personal work Epidemic Sound currently offers a 30-day trial, so you know what you will get before you sign up to pay. Otherwise, if you do like it, it’s £96 per year if you pay in one go. It should also be mentioned Epidemic Sound offer a great library of SFX as part of their library.
Final but not least is Pixabay. Now, this platform is free to use. However, credit for the original music should be provided by anyone who is going to use any of the tracks. Unlike other platforms, the library isn’t as vast but is a good starting point for anyone looking to get started in the world of vlogging. Pixabay also has a superb range of images you can use for free for your thumbnails.