to Locate Podsafe Music
By S. Housley
Nothing really polishes a podcast more than background
music or theme music. In the music world, these music segments are
referred to as intros and extros. While many enjoy streaming Internet
Audio and recording songs they like over the Internet, these songs
cannot legally be used in a podcast.
Podsafe music refers to music specifically for podcasters. The
music is licensed in such a way that podcasters can purchase a license
to include the music in a podcast without incurring additional fees
or expenses. In order to use traditional music that is heard on
the radio in a podcast, podcasters may have to pay royalties for
each time the song is played. Some music files licensed under public
domain or creative commons are exempt from royalties and these songs
are available for use in a podcast, but generally when searching
for music to include in a podcast it is probably best to stick with
music that is specifically designated as "podsafe".
Where to find Podsafe Music:
Fortunately the popularity of podcasting has spawned an industry
of "podsafe" music. All podcasters need is an Internet connection,
and they can have access to a variety of songs and musical clips
that are deemed podsafe and available for use in podcasts.
If you want your podcast to have a distinct sound and you lack
the talent to create a theme consider using Podcast Themes. Podcast
Themes can create a unique musical theme for your show. Podcasters
will own the rights to use the podcast theme and the podcaster will
not be required to pay royalties for the themes use in podcasts.
PodSafe Audio promotes music that is licensed under Creative
Commons. Musicians can upload their music to the Podsafe Audio website.
Podcasters can use the music files in their podcasts, they just
need to credit the musician in the podcast, for the musical clip.
Instant Music Now
Instant Music Now provides professional digital quality background
theme music for purchase. Podcasters must voice over the music in
intervals of 30 seconds or less. In other words podcasters cannot
allow any music segments that exceed 30 seconds in length without
any additional commentary.
Opuzz provides royalty free music to podcasters. Music clips
can be purchased for as low as $ 2.99, there are no additional licensing
fees for the use of purchased music clips.
Indie Podcasting podcasts offer a way for webcasters, broadcasters,
and podcasters to find quality music content from new Independent
and unsigned musicians. The promo podcasts and artist directory
contain only 2 minute versions of songs, these clips can be used
in podcasts but the artist should be contacted about the clips use.
Those wishing to play full versions of the songs on the air or promote
them in a podcast should contact Indie Podcasting for additional
licensing information. http://www.indiepodcasting.com
Sound Effects - Partners in Rhyme
Partners in Rhyme provides royalty free sound effects, that
can be downloaded and used in multimedia projects. A note of caution
however, podcasters should be aware the Partners in Rhyme website
does include a disclaimer, that the sound effects are believed to
be in public domain but Partners in Rhyme is not responsible for
verification, meaning if you use a sound effect and it violates
a copyright you will be responsible.
Neosounds provides royalty free music tracks that start at $ 6.95
per clip and sound effects are available at $ 1.65 per clip. NeoSounds
complicates things a bit though; if the licensee uses the music
or sound effects in public (as in podcasting), the "Licensee" is
required to fill in and submit a cue sheet to a local performing
rights organization (PRO). There are no additional fees associated
with submission of cue sheets.
Adding music and sound effects to a podcast does not
need to be difficult. There are a number of podsafe music directories
that allow for podcasters to locate theme music or sound effects
to enhance their podcast. This new industry understands the complexity
of licensing professional music and the majority of these repositiories
provide royalty free music clips for podcasters to use in their
shows. Music and show sound effects give show a professional edge
and really make it difficult for listeners to discern the difference
between a hobby and a studio broadcast.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com
audio recording and editing software.