Soundstripe, a site that’s relative new to the music licensing market, has just slashed its already affordable prices. They will now be offering a single price for universal use of ...Read more
While Soundstripe’s subscription-based model may not be the most revolutionary, their attractive price tag of $10/month is bound to catch your attention. On the other hand, 909Music offers freebies. But when you urgently need music for a project, what are the factors that will help you make up your mind? The music licensing world is ripe with platforms offering a variety of business models. We probably are all familiar with the big players like PremiumBeat.com or The Music Bed, with vast, established music libraries and streamlined search engines. They do, however, come at a price, with licensing fees ranging widely depending on the expected use. Last year or so has seen the appearance of refreshing new alternatives. Filmstro, for example, offers a user friendly app to tailor existing tracks to fit your project down to the beat. Tim recently reported on the new Mooderlizer app, which works in a similar way. And just a few months ago, we reported on the launch of Art-List, also on the affordable end of the spectrum, offering universal, no-questions-asked music licensing for only $199/year. Soundstripe: music licensing for $10/month Music categories on Soundstripe Soundstripe, a relatively recent arrival to the fray, comes in halfway between these two poles. They offer a very attractive price tag of $10/month which, when compared to the big players out there, is bound to make people stop for a second look at what they have to offer. Their subscription is also not subject to a long-term contract, so while the price for a whole year works out similar to Art-List, the potential to dip in and out whenever you have a project that requires music is quite a nice prospect indeed. The Soundstripe interface There is a small caveat, however, as the price of the license increases along with the expected audience: $0.00 up to 50k viewers, $67.00 up to a million, and $297.00 over 1 million. It is also worth mentioning that the licenses are limited to a single project, so if you want to use the same song in a different edit, they expect you to download it again. While this will of course add up if are catering to a large audience, you really should re-download even if you are paying the $0.00 fee, as these stats influence the individual composers’ paycheques. This single-project clause is common across many music licensing sites, and is somewhat of a pain to have to keep in the back of your mind, especially when there are other platforms that offer universal usage of their licensed music. One such site is 909Music, which works on a track by track purchase model, with prices ranging mostly between $20.00 and $40.00. They do, however, sweeten the deal with over 100 free tracks, requiring only that you credit them on your project. Some of the 100+ free music tracks on 909music.com There are a hundred ways to skin a cat, and you could argue extensively about the pros and cons to each platform. In the end, though, what should matter is the quality of the music, and how it fits the particular needs of your project. Of course, there is a strong argument that an important criteria could be how fairly sites like these pay their composers, which is a whole other can of worms. But as with most things in our industry, there isn’t really a one-size-fits all solution, only platforms – and a hell of a lot of them – that help you get closer to your vision.Read more
Regular readers may remember Fabian’s recent post regarding Art-list.io, a music licensing startup out of Israel that looks set to make big waves in the industry. Today, I’m happy to tell you that the public beta has been opened! Art-list Pricing and Overview For an affordable annual subscription of $199, filmmakers will get access to Art-list’s continuously growing library of high-quality, pre-licensed audio. As Fabian mentioned in his post at the end of January, regardless of where you’re currently sourcing the music for your productions, tracks for commercial use with large audiences can run you into the $300-400 range—that’s as much as double the price of an unlimited subscription with Art-list! What’s more, it seems that the annual subscription covers everything. No additional licences will need to be purchased, thanks to Art-list’s universal license which covers personal and commercial uses—one can only hope that the service retains this format as it garners more attention! According to their recent press release, Art-list source their library materials from a global network of independent musicians. The quality on offer, they say, is enough to rival any of the current go-to music sourcing platforms. Fortunately, their press release team provided a few samples of what’s to be expected from the Art-list library and I have to say, I am impressed. High-quality music at an unbelievably low price is going to ideal for independent filmmakers and small crews on a tight budget. Discovering new Artists & Music on Art-list Luckily, it seems as though the low price of the subscription hasn’t affected the functionality of Art-list’s platform. Using the ‘newest’ and ‘spotlight’ features highlighted below should help to keep the audio used in subscribers’ productions fresh and relevant. Signing up for Art-list Getting access to the Art-list catalogue seems extremely simple. You can preview all of the audio that you’d like, without paying a dime, and then pay the subscription fee if you like what you’ve heard and want to make use of the library for your own projects. The video below unequivocally states that there will be no hidden fees or charges involved so I can only assume that this will remain true for a significant period of time. Affordable and High-Quality, but is there a Catch? As a kid, I was always taught that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. That’s what made me initially dubious about Art-list after reading Fabian’s article a month ago. I figured there’d be issues with the service, the audio quality, or there’d be hidden fees associated. After browsing the platform for myself irregularly between then and now, I’d say that I am a little more confident that the startup will deliver on its promising. However, I do feel that it is early days and the untested licensing startup has a long way to go before success is guaranteed. Somewhere down the line, they may realize that they have to increase their prices or that they’re struggling to find new, high-quality content to add. For now, however, I think that an Art-list subscription is a win for filmmakers who are trying to get by on a budget and I think that—at least for the foreseeable future—the annual subscription (which works out at $17 per month) is set to be an absolute bargain! If you’d like to get involved with the Art-list public beta or you just want to browse the library for yourself, which is open for anybody to take a look at, then head over to art-list.io and take a look for yourself. After spending quite a while snooping around (ie. trying to break something) in the beta, I have to say that I am impressed with the experience I’ve had at this early stage in the development. Have you subscribed already? How have you found the platform thus far? Let us know in the comments!Read more
Facebook is everywhere and continuously taking over other social networks, with Twitter activity in the filmmaking world noticeably dwindling in recent months and years. There seems to be no escape from the giant when it comes to media consumption, considering it’s already by far the largest photo hosting platform in the world. But they are not stopping there: Facebook recently announced that they reached 8 billion daily video views, which sounds impressive – but as YouTuber In a Nutshell points out in this new 5-minute video, 725 of the 1000 top Facebook videos were simply stolen from YouTube, totaling 17 billion views. Also, content that is hosted directly on Facebook gets preferred by their algorithm, meaning that these stolen videos get more eyeballs than posted YouTube links. Their autoplay feature already counts a video as a play after 3 seconds, and even without sound, which also explains the outrageously high number. Regular Facebook visitors will already have noticed the omnipresence of video content on the site which has really only become extremely prevalent over the past year or so. This is a huge issue for a billion dollar enterprise – Facebook is effectively making money off copyrighted content by serving ads around those videos. Every content creator should be concerned about this. While YouTube shares a tiny amount of its ad revenues with the content creators via its Partner Program which has created a vibrant ecosystem of YouTubers, Facebook does no such thing. In a Nutshell suggests to alert the original content creators of videos about reuploads to Facebook as one way of action against the social media giant’s bad practices. Another one would be to comment below the reuploaded video and post the link to the original source, pointing out that it has been stolen (or “freebooted”, a term which has come up about this form of theft). Last but not least also watch this video by Smarter Every Day, a very popular YouTuber, and his own personal experience with the problem. What else can be done against this behavior? Let us know in the comment section! via PetapixelRead more
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