What is the Best Free Music Sources for Websites?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by macsrules, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. macsrules macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008

    Here is my question. I am finishing up a website and want to add some music to the pages. I want to create a certain feel to the website. I know there are a lot of free music sites out there but before I go subject myself to the mind numbing process of finding just the right music, I know some of MacRumors Community already have the answer to this question since music is such an important part.

    1. Some free/open source music that creates a mood without words, any help would be great?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I think I've come across some, but don't remember where. Really just wanted to advise that a lot of people don't like having pages play music without their permission when they visit so it should be turned off by default. Though it partly depends on the specifics of the page. A number of people will hit that Back button very quickly if music starts playing.
  3. macsrules thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    Yea, you are right in saying this. Actually, the owner of the company that asked to have the site built does not like music, but the VP and the Marketing Director do. My solution in the past has been, I include a mute button on every page that plays music, that way, visitors can turn it off if they don't like the music.

    I personally do like the music, it adds a little flavor to a dull page if all it has is text and some flash elements. I know not everyone agrees.

    Thanks for the advice. If anyone knows of a, or some, good music sites please continue to post.
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I just want to second that unless the music has a reason for being there, please, please, reconsider.

    Music as part of a flash presentation (for example, most movie websites these days) -- OK.

    Music in the background "just for fun" -- no, no, no, please, no.

    It's bandwidth used up to download the music, slows downloading of other page elements, taxes system resources, annoying, forces people to immediately seek how to turn it off.

    I guarantee you that you will piss off more customers than will think "oh fun!"

    That said, you will be stuck with using royalty-free stuff unless you want to go down the route of establishing clearances to use licensed material. You can try sites like FreePlayMusic.com, Incompetech.com, etc. You will probably want to encode as MP3 or encapsulate as a flash object.

    Do *NOT* use "midi" files unless you want your website to look like something out of the mid 90's.
  5. macsrules thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008

    Thanks for the post. As far as encapsulate as a flash object, that is good advice, I use this program to do that http://www.verticalmoon.com/products/audio2swf/audio2swf.htm

    Works good.

    I accept what you guys are saying about having music on the pages. I would just like to have the option. I know there are tons of these free music sites out there. And I guess I can go search the web, I was just hoping someone that has already done this could help make this easier by posting there outcome. The two you mentioned are a good start. Please continue to post if you know of other good sites?
  6. macsrules thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    I went on FreePlayMusic http://www.freeplaymusic.com/ Yesterday, found some stuff that would work and then read the Licensing agreement. Wow, the name does not fit there music. There prices are really HIGH! Here is what one of there people told me.

    If this is there standard rate per song, what would there blanket licenses cost. :eek:

    What a disappointment!
  7. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Ah, right. I forgot that websites probably aren't covered under their "free" usage policy.

    Try Incompetech. Their music is free, so long as you can give them a credit, and specifically covers website use.
  8. macsrules thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    Here was my last and final email correspondence with FreePlayMusic.



    My final thoughts on FreePlayMusic. I Searched there site and found a couple of Songs that would work before checking there licensing agreement. I was not expecting it to be 250 per song title. Again, just wanted to give others the heads up, unless you are working with a really big budget don't waste your time with this site.
  9. Photomax macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2007
    A lot of people might notice how cool a website's design is: they might appreciate the layout, color scheme, typography, graphics, photography, open space, etc. They might like how clean and appealing the site looks. They might delve in and find the content engaging. They might consider the site a rewarding, rich and satisfying experience overall. Kind of like opening a really nice bottle of Bordeaux. Perhaps with a nice slice of stilton cheese, french bread and a perfectly ripe bartlett pear.

    And then the site's music starts throbbing and its as if someone squirted a huge messy dollop of "cheese spread" from an aerosol can all over everything...
  10. werther macrumors regular

    May 15, 2006
    I agree. As for music used to create a 'mood' for the site, the only mood it creates for me is instant anger and a rush to turn down the volume.

    Since the client insists, go for it.
  11. eclipse macrumors 6502a


    Nov 18, 2005
    Don't forget the free Moby stuff at:

    and of course:

    http://macidol.com/ has some great search functions that make sense to me, including movie "mood" music for thrillers, fun, family, whatever.

    Might have to save them music in the right format — I don't know a lot about using music on web, but these are free.

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