Where to Find Free Podcast Music Online
If you want to make your own podcast and want it to have a nice, professional finish, adding a little intro/outro song is a great way to add flare and individuality to your fun, educational podcasts. That said, not all of us have big budgets or in-home instrumental recording studios (or any ability to play instruments, for that matter), so one then comes to wonder where one can find free podcast music.
Wonder no more! Below I have compiled an overview of the best places to get free podcast music. Though the pickings are a bit more slim than they would be if you had a bigger budget, there are still definitely options available, and if you are willing to spend between $5 and $30, you will find there are even more royalty free songs to choose from.
I hope you find this guide to be helpful. Happy podcasting!
- Download & Streaming : Audio Archive : Internet Archive
This library contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings.
If you want to find truly free podcast music, one place where you can be sure to find material is at Archive.org, which harbors a hefty number of not only public domain music, but also public domain images, video, and even software.
I'll admit the quality of a lot of the files on the site is less than perfect, however there are some AMAZING vinage songs, such as the Percival MacKay Orchestra playing Da-Dn-Da as played from a 1930 78 RPM record.
The Audio Archive on Archive.org has several collections, including Music & Arts, a Live Music Archive, and even a Grateful Dead collection. Even if you don't end up picking a podcast theme from this collection, you might find some of its vintage, archival music and old radio broadcasts to be great for setting ambiance in special podcasts.
Partners in Rhyme
- Free Royalty Free Sound Effects: Spoken Words and Phrases
Free Royalty Free Sound Effects: Button Clicks & Beeps
Partners in Rhyme
Partners in Rhyme offers free and royalty free sound effects online, organized by several broad (e.g. music loops, sound effects) and very specific categories (e.g. odd animal sounds and strange human sounds).
The fun thing about PIR is that you'll find a ton of cool sound effects in addition to actual songs that you might use for a podcast. I mean, you might not have you heart set on having a robot voice saying "Make your selection" or someone saying "3, 2, 1, Blastoff," but say you were doing an educational podcast about alligators and wanted to share with people what baby alligators sound like. Well, thanks to Partners in Rhyme, you can.
PIR retains all copyrights to these sounds and you cannot resell them in a sound collection, however they are free for download and use in commercial multimedia projects.
Royalty Free Music
On this site you can browse royalty free music by genre or search by feel. I think the search by feel filter setting is really nifty - instead of paging through genres or composers, you can go straight to music that will impart the somber, uplifting, intense, humorous, or other feel that you're going after.
The music on this site is licensed under a creative commons license, and while it is free, you must attribute the artists.
- Royalty Free Music | Stock Music | Production Music
Stock music tracks, available royalty-free. Search and download instantly!
Pond5 is a sizable online marketplace for not only stock music, but also sound effects and video. You might be thinking "Marketplace? Why are you disucssing Pond5 if they are SELLING music? I want stuff FOR FREEEE!!!"
Well, I'm bringing up Pond5 for two reasons. The first is that you CAN get royalty free audio from Pond5 for free. All you have to do is sign up to get a free Pond5 account and check The Splash- their newsletter- for a free clip of the week.
The second reason why Pond5 is a resource to consider is that many of the songs that do come with a price tag are incredibly inexpensive. Like, as low as $2 inexpensive. You can sort search results on the site by price so you only see the least expensive songs, if that makes you feel more comfortable.
- Stock Music Boutique | Royalty Free Music | Background Music
High quality royalty free music. Stock music, background music for all types of media and film that's fully cleared and ready for instant buyout.
Stock Music Botique
Like Pond5, Stock Music Boutique offers royalty free music that you can use for podcasts (and various other projects. One leg up Stock Music Boutique has relative to Pond5 is that you do not have to subscribe to a newsletter to see their free options - they have an easy-to-find section on the site that showcases royalty free songs that are free to download.
The prices for songs that one would purchase are, however, higher than those you will encounter on Pond5 (many go for $59), however the quality is much higher. Hat tip to johnson_tara for pointing Stock Music Boutique out in the comments!
Royalty Free Music Library
- Royalty-Free-Music and Royalty Free Downloads
Royalty Free Music for audio-visual projects, video production, film, & on-hold Music. Royalty Free Music Libraries available on CD or download.
Royalty Free Music Library
I want to finish this guide by discussing one site that does not offer any free songs, but that is still an important resource to consider.
Royalty Free Music Library has high quality, royalty-free songs and an easy to navigate interface. Though you will have to pay when you get songs from RFML, you might find the expense worth it. The audio on the site, on a whole, is less cheesy, and the quality is quite good.
Are there ways to save money on the site if you do decide it would be worth it to spend some money on royalty-free music? Absolutely. You can always go with promotional sale items featured on the homepage, and if you create an account with them, you'll also get special deals from time to time.
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