Resources >> Music & Sound Effects for e-Learning Projects

When is 'free' not free?

A piece of music can help make your podcast sound more professional and interesting to listen to. However, care needs to be taken when selecting music to include in your recording if you want to stay within the law!

You may have paid good money for that CD or download from iTunes but paying for the music only gives you the right to listen, not to use it in a production of your own. And remember: 'royalty free' does not always mean free to use. There's often a fee to download or buy a CD before using a track without further costs involved. Even websites that claim to offer free audio for use in your podcasts should be treated with caution. Can you be sure the site is the copyright owner of the material or has permisson to distribute the audio for free?

To make your life easier we've put together a list of sites that offer free content. But please don't just take our word for it! We are not responsible for the content on third party sites and you should check the licensing conditions before downloading and using tracks.

Sound Loops

Sound loops are very short music files often only a few seconds in length and ideal for jingles. Use these to introduce your podcast or to serve as a bridge between sections of your show.

Sound Effects

Need the sound of a dog barking to give your recording a bit of interest? How about crashing waves to add a bit of atmosphere? Check out the links to sites offering sound effects.

Longer Tracks

Looking for longer tracks to use as background music, musical interludes or simply to listen to yourself for pleasure? Try these sites:

  • CCMixter
    A community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
  • Jonathon Roberts
    Royalty free music tracks from this artist.
  • Jimmy G
    Royalty free music tracks from this artist.
  • Music Alley
    Register and use podsafe music.