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Top 5 Best Sites to Sell & Promote Music Online

Updated on January 26, 2015

Going Royalty-Free

Firstly, are you musician and do you record/produce your own music? If the answer is yes, you may be unaware there is a whole marketplace devoted to selling and licensing music for Ads, Videos, Films and more. You as the artist can set up a profile, upload your tracks and wait for the sales to start rolling in.

However, I advise you approach this industry with caution. Selling royalty free music is a fickle business, so time, patience and ability will be key to your success. Selling your songs can be a great way to gain recognition for your hard work whilst earning a bit of money on the side, if you persevere.

As an independent musician, I have spent the past year licensing my own compositions through a number of websites, with varied results. This guide will inform you of the best 5 sites to sell music online and hopefully nurture you towards stock music success.


1. Luckstock

My Favourite royalty free music site has to be Luckstock.com The majority of my sales have been from this site and the views per track shadow the figures on pond5 and any other service. This demonstrates strong keyword ability giving your music the best chance of getting heard and netting that all important first sale.

  • A Slick Standout Website
  • 50% Royalty On Each Sale
  • Your Music Does Not Have to be Exclusive to Luckstock
  • A Great Affiliate Scheme where you earn 80% on each sale and 30% of any sales from users you refer to luckstock!
  • Luckstock chooses the Sale Price for your Music, although you can recommend a preferred price for the item. They usually listen.
  • Quick, responsive staff and a speedy item review period.


2. Pond5

My Pond5 experience has been contrasting. Firstly they are widely regarded as one of the stronger platforms for selling royalty free music. Their website is not as easy on the eye as Luckstock or Audiojungle, but does appear to be a solid platform for stock musicians.

  • Set Your Own Prices
  • 50% Royalty On Each Sale
  • Your Music Deos Not Have to be Exclusive to Pond5
  • A referral program where you earn 5% of each referred sale.

I have had 3 sales on Pond5 - but here is the odd part. 2 of those sales are of a track that has only had 20-30 views over a 10 month period. Other bestselling tracks have similar keywords and tags as my own and I market all my music heavily through twitter, soundcloud, youtube etc. The track in question has had several thousand views on Luckstock.com. In my case It remains a mystery but there is evidence you can be successful on Pond5.


3. Audiojungle

My experience with Audiojungle soured when my first purpose made royalty free track was rejected. I am not boasting to be most talented musician in the world, but was fairly confident the track had potential to sell. This was confirmed whilst researching existing bestsellers in the same genre, finding the overall ability of the composers not to dissimilar to my own. After implementing the changes they had asked for, the track was still refused. That was that. the rejected track in question has gone on to sell 7 times on Luckstock and a few times on Pond5. With Audiojungle being one of the market leaders there was potential to have made a significant more number of sales, had it been listed on their site - earning me money, but also them.

  • A Slick, Standout Website
  • 50% Royalty On Each Sale
  • They Prefer Your Music To be Exclusive to Audiojungle
  • An Affiliate Link Scheme Where Your Earn 30% of First Sale Made

Overall Audiojungle seams like a strong platform with a great library of authors. All I can give you is my personal experience with them. They are defiantly worth a shot if your new to the industry but Pond5 and Luckstock are more likely to accept your Music.


4. Youlicense

Youlicense focuses more on the licensing aspect, rather than a stock music library. Its do-it-yourself approach is a good and bad thing depending on what you are looking for in a stock music platform. There is scope here to be successful, but I have not spent enough time selling through the site to truly understand its potential.

  • Your Music Will Be Non Exclusive to Youlicense
  • A Slick, Standout Website

One thing I like about Youlicense is that you can sell a track as an mp3 download for say $3, and sell a multiple use license for a higher price. Rival sites do not offer this so it's a neat little feature. Their website is average I would say. Plain white with text on top is fine, but like Pond5 it does little to capture a buyers attention. Image is not the be all and end all however.


5. Premium Beat

PremiumBeat are more select on the music they accept than other sites. This does not mean your music won't be accepted but be prepared for rejection or alterations to have to be made. Uploading with premium beat will also mean exclusivity of that music to their site. You wont be allowed to sell it anywhere else so choose wisely when deciding what music to upload to Premium beat.

  • A Slick, Standout Website
  • Offers 5 Types of License


Summary

The 5 sites listed here are probably the best places to start your stock music career. Just remember that it takes time to generate sales and you must be patient. There is loads of other platforms for selling your music but I would advise focusing on some of the big players before branching out, then expand your operation accordingly. It would be great to hear your thoughts and if you are an already selling your music - comment to help others! Thanks

Have You Tried Any Of These Sites?

If So Which is Your Favourite?

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© 2015 Tom Kelly

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