13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2011 1:55 AM by objectref
objectref Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Hi to all,

i just want an opinion on the following subject:

I am building an iPhone application that at some point will have to play a song. I saw here
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/royalty-free-music-various/id382221350

that these songs are "Royalty Free" songs. Is that indeed the case ? I mean, can i buy and then use one song of that list so to be used from my (paid) iPhone application??

Thanks a lot for any help !

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • 1. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,760 points)
    I would suggest buying directly from one of the several stock music sources (just do a web search for "royalty free music"). Those sites make their licensing terms completely clear, so you'll have no doubts about being licensed to use the track in a app, and you would be free of any possible issues with the iTunes Store terms of use which have no exemption from the clause in their Terms of Sale that prohibit use of tracks for anything other than personal use.

    Regards.
  • 2. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    objectref Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hey Dave,

    i already know about these sites (with "royalty free music"), in fact, i have purchased some songs from these. It's just that it is not always easy to find some particular song(s)-rythms(s) there and if you do, the price difference (compared to iTunes) is huge...

    But i will do as you tell me, just to be on the safe side.

    Thanks for the help!
  • 3. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)
    The specific album you pointed to is available at many other online sites. 99 cents per song or $9.99 for the entire album.
  • 4. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    objectref Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hey Chris, thank you too for the help!

    It may be at online sites but "royalty free" ones ?? Can you give me a hint/link ?

    Thanks again
  • 5. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)
    The entire album (as titled) is royalty free regardless of where you purchase it.
    I just googled "royalty free music" and one of the song titles (I don't have iTunes here so I cannot see what the song titles are to look it up).

    I also googled the label (as shown in iTunes) and went to their website.
  • 6. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    objectref Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hmmm...

    You said that "The entire album (as titled) is royalty free regardless of where you purchase it."

    So, i can just buy it from iTunes then, and using it's songs in my application, correct ? And no need to mess with other site. Do i understand correctly ??


    Thanks again for the help.
  • 7. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,760 points)
    Since there is no detail as to what their license allows, and since as I said above the iTunes Store terms of sale say that all purchases are for personal use only with no commercial use allowed no exception I can find for tracks that are titled as "royalty free", I would strongly suggest that you not use anything purchased from the iTunes Store in your app; it could cause Apple to reject that app when you submit it for sale. I can't find any other web site for that particular music that states a clear license either, though Chris may have found something I haven't.

    Again, I really recommend that you go to one of the many sites that offer royalty-free music and that provide clear license terms. You may pay more, but you get a valid license that you can, if requested, show Apple to provide that you have cleared the music for use in your app or should any other questions arise.

    Regards.
  • 8. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    objectref Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Ok, i understand, Dave. I think you are right, i will evaluate my other options and forget about iTunes for this matter.

    Thank you all.
  • 9. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)
    What Dave said...
  • 10. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    jackydee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "can i buy and then use one song of that list so to be used from my (paid) iPhone application?"
    A site like http://stockmusicboutique.com allows you to buy a track once and use it over and over for any commercial or non commercial project.
  • 11. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    objectref Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the help, too!

    I checked that site and it does not have many of rythms that i am looking for (rumba, samba, bosanova).

    neosounds.com or AudioJungle.net seems to have much more variety.

    But hey, thanks again!
  • 12. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    Eugen M. Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Yes > http://www.neosounds.com/ < is what you need.
  • 13. Re: iTunes "Royalty free music"
    objectref Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I already have an account in NeoSounds and have purchased some songs from them, nice company with very clear license. It's just that i was looking for a type of song that they do not, currently, have.

    Thanks!