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Stock music is a term that you may have seen thrown about when conducting your music search. But what exactly is stock music, and is it the best option to find music for your content? Join us to take a look at stock music as we compare it to Audiosocket, including the music itself, pricing and more!

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What Is Stock Music?

Stock music is music that is recorded or created for a specific purpose to use as background music for audiovisual productions. As such, the tracks are typically works made for hire, and therefore the music can be licensed easily. As well, stock music is typically inexpensive to use. Similarly to stock photography where you can access photo libraries, there are stock music libraries where you can find music for your projects.

What Is Audiosocket?

Audiosocket is a music licensing company that was founded in 2009 by a Booking Agent and a Music Supervisor. Stock music is not the same as music created by bands and touring musicians. However, in 2009, this music was difficult and expensive to license. So, Audiosocket started signing artists to their roster, and launched MaaS (Music as a Service). This was the first site to offer Individual and Small Business Web Licenses online.

Audiosocket’s curated roster of top indie bands and artists quickly built a reputation as an alternative to stock music libraries. It had the same key features, music that was easy to license and affordable to use, but delivered a catalog of exceptionally curated music. By offering artists a chance to get their music into TV and Film, Audiosocket has built relationships from the ground up. We strive to provide excellent music and also ensure that artists receive fair treatment. Audiosocket truly changed the game by introducing personal licenses online. This eradicated the need for attorneys to navigate licensing agreements, or large budgets to receive label attention. Now, small businesses, content creators, YouTubers, vloggers and so on can license music quickly and easily.

Creators can discover and license music from Audiosocket’s catalog of over 80,000 tracks. They can use the music in home videos, vlogs, feature films, TV advertisements and more. For creators, Audiosocket has simplified a notoriously challenging process. As Audiosocket grew, we began working with Grammy winning composers, and today, we have one of the most diverse catalogs available for online licensing. Take a look at our Cinematic and Trailer catalogs for filmmakers, for example!

Audiosocket Vs Stock Music

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Stock music has historically been an inexpensive alternative for creators to find music for their projects. However, there are some downsides that come with this, so let’s take a look at some comparisons.


Firstly, the quality of stock music can be a gamble (depending on the source) and historically has been referred to as “canned music”. It can lack the depth found in music created for the sole purpose of listening to it. The music can also be a little generic. With stock music sites being used by tons of content creators, your videos lose their unique edge. We find that lots of videos end up sharing the same tracks. Stock music sites could also be one of the few that create the entirety of their own music library. This means less variety and a lack of individuality or care that artists would put in for their own music.

Audiosocket, however, features handcrafted tracks from touring artists and bands for you to license. As mentioned earlier, it’s safe to say there is plenty of choice with tens of thousands of tracks to choose from! You can also search by mood, genre, duration, themes and more to find your perfect soundtrack.


We know what you’re thinking – for music like this, the price has got to be higher, right? One size doesn’t fit all, and we get that! So Audiosocket offers pricing to meet the budgets of the Creator. Someone posting a video of their family vacation cannot pay the same rate as a brand using a song for their TV Commercial. Accordingly, we price our licenses based on how the music is being used. By doing so, the artist is compensated in ways that enables them to develop a sustainable career.

You can access Audiosocket’s music catalog from just $15 a month as an Individual creator! Not only that, but this allows you to license an unlimited number of tracks at no additional cost.

Audiosocket’s Placements

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Want to know more about who we’ve worked with before and see our music in action?

Audiosocket have secured incredible placements with giants such as HBO, Amazon, Hulu, Disney, HP and many more. You can check out some of them here!

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for authentic, top-quality music for your project, then check out Audiosocket! Stock music was a great way for creators and filmmakers to find music quickly and at a lower cost in the past. Now companies such as Audiosocket have raised the bar. Your content deserves the best, so get involved now! With over 80,000 songs to choose from, you can always find something to bring your vision to life!

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