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Where do I get Cool, FREE music for slideshows that can be used on the web FREE?

I am a photographer and I love to put together slideshows of the photo shoots we do. Playing the slideshows without music appears to be a bit dull (even though the pictures aren't). I found a place that I can download free music for slideshows for personal use - but if I want to put them on the web, I have to buy the rights, even if I'm not selling it. I would like to do A LOT of slideshows - but am just a small business and can not invest in music rights right now - and some of it is done just for fun...because I like people or the pictures or my job. Anyone have any ideas? (And most of the free music isn't even great - that I've found). I don't mind buying songs - iTunes, etc. But they still can't be legally used on slideshows - even for personal use! Anyone? Anything?

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Asked by augsmom at 9:01 AM on Oct. 20, 2010 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • I use Frostwire fo rmy sutff. :) You can get any song on there you want. :)

    Answer by Memigen at 9:04 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Do I have to download Frostwire first before I can listen to anything? I don't understand how you can get any song you want and use it legally without the rights from the copyrighter?

    Comment by augsmom (original poster) at 9:22 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I'd like to know more about this too.

    Answer by LostTheSlipper at 1:23 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • I've contacted all the major record labels that hold copyrights for songs - they offered me, for a couple hundred dollars a year, rights to songs - claiming they have a large selection. I found this other place, I think it was and I can download them for free and use them for my own personal use - mostly classical and instrumental - not really what I was looking for. For $25 per song, I can buy the rights. My husband has the computer doing a scan on his side so I can't download the Frostwire to my side and I haven't been able to look into it yet.

    Comment by augsmom (original poster) at 1:52 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Not sure I agree with iTunes not allowed on slideshows for personal use. What's the difference between buying a tune/downloading it and listening to it vs. having it as background on a slideshow for personal use? If you're selling your slideshow DVDs, that may be another issue but I've used iTunes music on my slideshows (personal use only).

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:00 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • limewire

    Answer by jessesmama22 at 9:47 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

    As per our Terms of Use,
    we offer free use of our music for home, personal, private, non-commercial
    use and student educational use for in-classroom projects, non-broadcast.
    However, most other uses, including on the web, require a paid license. We
    make every effort to keep the rates for personal use minimal. Our standard
    rates for one year of personal web video use is $25, per music title, per 4
    minutes of use, per URL.

    Comment by augsmom (original poster) at 11:32 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • AND to the iTunes comment with the regards to using them on your personal slideshows - I don't think you're allowed to do that unless you have permission from the copyright holder. Oops!

    Comment by augsmom (original poster) at 11:33 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • Limewire looks to be the same as Frostwire. I don't need a place to SHOW my slideshows. I need a place that offers music that can be played on the web for free as backup music to my slideshows on my current website.

    Comment by augsmom (original poster) at 11:35 AM on Oct. 21, 2010


    Still looking - above I found Royalty Free Music at No Charge. An article where the writer offers links to other FREE places to get music.

    Comment by augsmom (original poster) at 8:50 AM on Nov. 12, 2010

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