Music for podcast intro/outro

Album art is easy to change and tweak, but your audio branding is hard to change, helps define your show and sets the tempo and energy for the show.
— Mark Deal

It’s important to use royalty-free music or to get required permissions upfront, to avoid copyright issues down the line.

Any reproduction or performance of a copyrighted work without permission, is infringement. — Daniel J. Lewis, The Audacity to Podcast

For examples of what is and isn’t “fair use”, read schoolofpodcasting.com/fair-use

You have three main options:

1. Use material that’s in the public domain

Anything in public domain (like classic fairytales) is free for anyone to use.

  1. http://freemusicarchive.com/
  2. http://freeplaymusic.com/

Of course, ideally you want a distinctive sound… “One thing with using royalty free music though is to keep in mind that since they are royalty free, other people may use the same tunes.” — Tanel Jäppinen

2. Buy music cheaply

  1. JewelBeat.com
  2. Audio Jungle
  3. Music Radio Creative (affiliate link)

3. Commission original music just for your podcast

If your budget permits, consider hiring a freelance musician to create a jingle just for your show. This gives your show a truly distinctive feel.

Bonus: Add free sound effects to your show

Whether for your intro or for use during the episode, there are a variety of free sounds available on places like archive.org. Check out this free set of samples including applause, police siren, crickets

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Read: Growth for podcasters

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