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There are Interview Podcasts in which one or more hosts speak with a guest in each episode, and Conversational Podcasts where the hosts converse amongst themselves on a given topic. Finding a song that matches the tone of the podcast is wise. It is best to avoid distracting background music, as this detracts from what the hosts or guest may be saying, but the occasional bit of music can work well as a transition or a wisely timed sound effect.
There are also Monologue Podcasts in which only one host speaks for the entirety of the episode. Music can be an effective way to keep listeners engaged in such podcasts, as an hour-long monologue episode may be a bit difficult for some listeners to sit through.
Storytelling Podcasts tell a story that may be fiction or nonfiction. These podcasts often incorporate music that evokes a specific mood in the listener, not unlike how music is employed in films.
Instead, you may want to consider creative commons music for podcasts. Artists create this music with the intention of it being used by others for free. The artist retains the copyright to their original music and a license determines the ways in which that music can be used by the public.
The easiest way to find music to use in a podcast without worry of legal repercussion is to search royalty-free music libraries such as PremiumBeat. We have simplified the music licensing process so that all you have to do is discover music you love, add it to your cart, and head to checkout to select the license that meets your needs. You can then use the full song in your podcast with complete peace of mind.
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Why good podcast music matters
Good podcast music professionalizes your podcast and offers it polish. A high-quality intro song, matched in tone to your content, immediately clues listeners into what they can expect from your show. It also serves to brand your podcast, which is essential if you want your show to stand out from the rest and stick in the minds of listeners. It is similar to the theme song of a film. When people hear the tune, they are instantly reminded of the movie. When looking for an appropriate theme for your podcast, it helps to be clear on who your intended audience is and what your ongoing content will be.
Types of podcast music
There are several different ways to employ podcast music in your episodes.
Podcast Intro Music: Podcast intro music, also known as an audio logo, is a brief musical clip played at the beginning of every episode to introduce the podcast. New and returning listeners can come to recognize the podcast based on the musical jingle alone.
Background Music: Background podcast music may play quietly while the podcast’s hosts discuss their topic. Such music is usually instrumental so as not to distract listeners from the show’s content.
Music Transitions: This music keys listeners into the fact that the podcast is moving from one segment to the next. Storytelling podcasts, for example, may use this music to announce an act break or shift from the beginning section of the story to the middle or end.
Outro Music: This music often includes a voiceover in which the host thanks the listeners for tuning in, offers instructions on how to subscribe to the podcast, and mentions what the audience can expect to hear in the upcoming episode.
Why you need to license music for your podcasts
Using copyrighted music in your podcast without permission from the copyright holder can result in legal repercussions. Playing just a few seconds of a copyrighted song can lead to a copyright claim, and you could be sued for the amount of money equal to the earnings of your podcast.
To avoid this headache, simply search the PremiumBeat library for music you love and add it to your cart. When you head to check out, you will be presented with our flexible license plan options. If your content is web-based or non-commercially distributed, our Standard License is for you. If your podcast generates revenue, then the Premium License will meet your needs. For the best-value plan, sign up for our monthly subscription. Get five tracks every month, including loops, stems, and shorts.
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When you download a music track from PremiumBeat, you get more than just the original full-length song. You also get pre-made shorts that are 15-, 30-, and 60-seconds in length, as well as loops and stems, all to help save you time on the editing process.
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Find a piece of music you love, add it to your cart, and head to checkout to select the license that meets your needs. Need music on a regular basis? Check out our subscription model to get 5 royalty-free tracks every month.