The 10 Best Free or Cheap Music Sources for Your YouTube Videos (Royalty-Free Music)

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When I got started on YouTube the one thing I knew was that I wanted the best music I could find in my videos. I knew there were rules — like you couldn’t use copyrighted music (or you could, but then you couldn’t earn money from ads). So I set about looking for sites with great free music to download and… I was really disappointed with my Googling that day. What I found were a bunch of crappy looking sites with terrible, outdated music selections. How were other YouTubers finding great music for the videos? Well now that my channel is well established and growing at a rate of about 20 subscribers per day (still early days, admittedly) I have a pretty good handle on the best places to find free — or cheap / affordable — music for YouTube videos.

The first thing you need to know is what royalty free means (because you’re going to run into that term a lot as a YouTuber looking for music and it’s a bit different than just being free). Free means you pay nothing. Royalty free (or royalty-free) means you may pay something up front but then can use what you bought without having to pay for each use. If you’re confused, just know this: royalty free music is what you want for your YouTube videos. ...

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