Who doesn’t love music? A piece of music in a video can touch our souls and also have the power to make a dull video into an interesting one. But the selection of the music should cope with the video. If you’re a vlogger who makes video for a YouTube channel or for your client’s video then you need copyright-free music to add to video to avoid copyright strikes from the music owners. So, In this blog, I have mentioned some cheapest royalty free music sites where you can find good royalty free music within your budget.
No doubt there are some free royalty free music sites, where you can download unlimited music without investing any penny but the quality of the music is not up to the mark and also there is a risk factor in the future if they strike your video. So why don’t you spend some money to purchase the music for your videos and secure your videos?
5 cheapest royalty free music sites –
Below, I have mentioned some cheapest royalty free music sites which are budget-friendly and the quality of their music is also amazing.
1. Artlist :
Artlist is a music licensing platfrom that offers cheap royalty free music for YouTubers or filmmakers. Artlist is founded by Ira Belsky in 2016 and its headquarter is situated in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is one of the very popular music licensing platfrom for YouTubers.
Artlist music library :
Artlist music library has over 12,000 songs and their library grows day by day with 100+ new songs per month. Apart from the music library, you will also get access to the artlist sound effects library for use in your videos which has 25 different categories.
Artlist music quality :
As for the quality, the Artlist platform has amazing music and sound effects. Believe me with this cheap price you will get high-quality music for all genres. You can compare their music to Soundstripe, which is also a music license platform and has very high-quality music also. But I have not included the Soudstripe in this post because of the price system, I believe it’s somehow costly when you compare it to their music license system and music quantity.
How much does artlist cost : pricing and licensing
Artlist uses a subscription-based model so you don’t have to worry about paying for an individual song. In Artlist there are two subscription plans; one is ‘Personal’ and the other one is ‘Unlimited plan.
In the ‘Personal’ plan, you have to pay $119.88 for a year at the time of purchase; which will cost you $9.99 per month or you can pay $14.99 per month which will cost you 179.88 $ for a year. In the ‘Unlimited’ plan you have to pay $199.2 at the time of purchase which will cost you $16.60 per month. (Note: Price of Artlist plans may change at different times)
Artlist ‘Personal’ plan has some limitations such as it only covers some selected platfrom like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Podcasts, Tiktok, and also you can use their music for only one channel per platfrom. On the other hand in the ‘Unlimited’ plan apart from the unlimited social platforms, you can use their music on multiple platfrom like Broadcast & TV, Websites, Paid ads, commercial work, etc.
2. Epidemic Sound :
Another most popular royalty free music site is Epidemic sound. Established in 2009 Epidemic sound is a Swedish royalty-free music company.
Epidemic sound music library :
The epidemic sound library has around 35,000 tracks and 90000 epidemic sound effects which are available to download in every plan that they have offered to choose.
Epidemic sound quality :
For a Youtuber or vlogger epidemic is a perfect choice for your videos. You will get tons of high-quality videos for your videos. Apart from that, there are massive high-quality sound effects for your videos.
How much does epidemic sound cost : pricing and licensing
In Epidemic music platfrom there is two subscription model, one is ‘Personal’ plan and the other one is ‘Commercial’ plan.
The personal plan price is $72 per year which basically $6 per month if you pay upfront or you can pay $7 per month. The personal plan has some limitations such as you can choose their music on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Tiktok, and Podcasts.
On the other hand, the epidemic sound commercial plan costs you $144 per year which is basically $12 per month if you pay upfront or you can pay $25 per month which will cost little extra money. The ‘Commercial’plan covers all personal and commercial use. In this commercial plan, you can use their music on all social media, websites, TV shows, TV ads, or commercial streaming. (Note: Price may change at different times)
3. Filmstro :
Launched in 2016 Filmstro is an easy-to-use royalty free music site. Filmstro music is for those vloggers or Youtubers who just love to customize a piece of music to match their video content. A user can access filmstro with two different versions, one is fimstro website version and another one is the filmstro software version.
Filmstro music library :
Filmstro has above 1000 songs on their platform and they added new songs every week. With filmstro license, you can download and export unlimited music from their library and the music is valid forever.
Filmstro music quality :
The sound quality of filmstro music is decent. You can improve the quality of music by tweaking with three different metrics ie. Momentum, Depth, and Power, but you need to download their desktop app which is available in both Windows and Mac versions.
How much does filmstro cost : pricing and licensing
Filmstro has two subscription models, one is monthly and another one is an annual subscription, and their plans are divided into three categories namely – YouTuber, Pro, and Pro Plus.
For the plan which is called ‘YouTuber’, a user needs to pay $14.99 per month on a monthly subscription plan and $99 per year for an annual subscription plan. You can access the entire filmstro library and one can use unlimited songs but only YouTube and other digital platforms cover by this plan.
In the ‘Pro’ plan, a user needs to pay $37.99 per month on a monthly subscription plan and $249 per year for an annual subscription plan. You can access the entire filmstro library and one can use unlimited songs. Apart from the YourTube and other digital platfrom, you can use their music in apps & games, for your client videos, online ads, websites, etc.
On the other hand in the ‘Pro Plus’ plan, a user needs to pay $74.99 per month on a monthly subscription plan and $499 per year for an annual subscription plan. You can access the entire filmstro library and one can use unlimited songs. Apart from the YourTube and other digital platfrom, apps & games, for client videos, online ads, and websites, you can use their music on broadcast TV & Radio.
4. Uppbeat :
Uppbeat is a freemium royalty-free music site. If you are a vlogger or YouTuber you will absolutely love this cheapest royalty-free music site. Two versions of uppbeat are available for users to use ie the Free version ie free royalty free music and the Premium version.
Uppbeat music library :
Currently, it is not clear how many tracks have in their library but at the launch time of their website, they have 900 songs available in their library. Also, they recently added sound effects to their library.
Uppbeat music quality :
Quality-wise you can compare Uppbeat music to epidemic sound. I have listened to a number of songs on uppbeat platform which I find more worthy to use in the video. But obviously, the tastes of music will be different from each other.
How much does uppbeat cost : pricing and licensing
If you wish to go for the free version of Uppbeat then you need to include their music credits inside your video description to get rid of the copyright claim and also if you are interested in using the same song more than once, you’ll need to use a new credit for each video. In the free version, only 40% of their catalog can access and you can download 10 tracks per month to use.
In the premium plan, you have to pay $6.99 to fully access the features of ‘Uppbeat’. In this plan they will provide you with all premium tracks, you can download unlimited songs, whitelist your YouTube channel against copyright rights claims, unlimited SFX, etc. In this plan, you don’t need to include credits in your video descriptions to clear copyright claims.
5. Stockmusic.Net :
Launched in 2002 Stockmusic.Net is a royalty-free stock music site. Not only do they provide music for YouTubers but also a user can get their music license for their films, television, advertising, and video games.
Stockmusic.net music library :
Over 80,000 plus music tracks and a large amount of SFX are available in Stockmusic.Net.
Stockmusic.Net music quality :
The quality of stockmusic.net music and sound effects are amazing. There are enough tracks available to choose from for your videos.
How much does stockmusic.net cost : pricing and licensing
Stockmusic.net provide 2 different license model for users to purchase, one is a subscription license and the other one is an individual license.
The subscription plan comes under $16.67 per month. This plan covers YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, and major social media sites. Apart from these social sites, you can use their music in podcasts, video games, Wedding videos, TV, films, etc.
Another plan is an ‘Individual Music’ license, where you have to pay $39.95 for music and $2.95 for sound effects. This plan also covers YouTube and other major social sites and you can use it for podcasts, wedding videos, TV, film, etc.
Above are some of the cheapest royalty free music sites I have mentioned. If you have any recommendations for affordable royalty-free music please feel to comment down below.