Legally using music in iPhone apps

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by HarryWorksInc, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. HarryWorksInc macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Hey, I have been working on an app and am wondering if I can legally use popular songs if I give credit to the artist? I have been researching on the internet but can't seem to get much, mostly apps to create music.
  2. Luke Redpath macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Colchester, UK
    Practically and legally speaking, you cannot use anything without explicit written permission from the copyright holder.
  3. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Permission isn't enough. To use more than 30 seconds of a song you'll need to pay royalties. Unless you're friends with the band and work something out, using "popular" music can get very expensive.

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