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Locating Podsafe Music
Locating Podsafe Music
By Sharon 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
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
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.
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
audio recording and editing software.
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