There are a lot of royalty free stock audio sites out there, and it certainly is a growing thing. Being able to easily license music and video for a specific use is convenient for the user and gives them a lot of creative options when you have a commercial product to make, whether it's a video, website, presentation, conference, mobile app, or anything under the sun that would require you to license someone else's creative material.
However the stock audio market is also, in my opinion, a place to find some of the least inspired and creative music out there. Even the name 'stock audio' sounds like a resignation of all hope for something awesome sounding.
The quest for stock music that actually sounds like real music.
Think of your favourite commercial. How bout the 'I Want My MTV' commercial? The Chevy Sonic commercial. The Cadbury Gorilla commercial. The Apple Feist commercial. The music is the heart, soul, and attitude of the ad, and these iconic moments of delivering products and ideas to the masses would be completely different and possibly nowhere near as effective without these anthems.
So we want to license awesome music, but be able to find stock music that's easily accessible and doesn't require a small fortune to get the rights to. Opposing aims, it seems. I think the solution is to find people on their way up who are creating compelling media, in this case compelling audio, and haven't been swept up by publishing companies, record labels, and big corporations.
A growing boutique collection of great ideas.
And here we are, at www.MusicForVideo.net , which is exactly that: music for video. While not necessarily strictly for video projects, the stock audio here can be used with a lot of applications in mind. It's extremely fun and challenging making music with a practical application. A lot of ideas don't make the best pop song, but you can make a great video game theme, or sad moment, or happy scene, or romantic commercial with a bit of skill and talent.
See the music in action and get ideas for your project.
Fact is, we're visual people. The value we place in seeing things is huge. Watching people do things is basically the best way to get something across, and supporting that with the right music is the next best thing you can do. The songs are linked up with stock videos so you can see the potential applications of the music, and be more inspired and creative while thinking of what you need. I personally don't get much out of just hitting play and hearing mostly instrumental music and trying to make a production decision from that, never mind having to scroll through twenty or thirty songs. Seeing the music in action is far more powerful. You can also quickly stream the songs on our easy search page if you need to zero in on the genre rather than the specific song.
Real music from real musicians.
I work in music full-time, running a mastering studio during the day, a recording studio part time, and performing, producing, and blogging during any time that's left. I record with real musicians, love using samples and synths, and have a keen ear for pop music and accessible hooks. There's lots of material and ideas that sometimes don't get used or released, and sometimes even changing an idea just a little can make it extremely useful for some other application. I approach the stock audio market from a different angle than someone who perhaps doesn't have as much experience making original music, or who isn't a full time professional in regards to music production. I certainly love what I do.
If any of these stock audio samples can be of use to you in the project you're working on, that would just be fantastic. There's easy licensing info on this page, and plenty new ideas continuously being worked on and added. Best of luck on your project!