Here's Soundstripe vs Musicbed
Jan 30, 2020
So you’re considering Soundstripe vs Musicbed?
Good news: This article is just what you’re looking for.
From pricing to music quality, there are a lot of details to consider when you’re deciding where to license royalty free music.
This article covers the most salient points so you can make an informed decision and avoid buyer’s remorse.
To be specific, I’ll compare the following areas:
- Third party opinions
- Audio libraries
- Music licensing
- Integrations and add-ons
Sound relevant to your interests? Then let’s dive in.
Third Party Opinions
Before we move on, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: I work for Soundstripe. So naturally, I’m a bit biased.
But to make sure I give you an objective view of Soundstripe vs Musicbed, I’ve taken steps to mitigate my bias.
First, I’ve only stated facts about each platform and excluded any opinion. For example, you’ll notice I don’t analyze the music quality of each audio library, because that’s almost entirely subjective.
The comparisons I make are between facts about each audio library, i.e, the number of songs, the filtering options, etc.
Second, I’ve included a few reviews from YouTube creators, who in this case are reliable independent sources. You’ll get the most value out of their opinions because they’re free to say whatever they think.
(And if they have a financial relationship with either Soundstripe or Musicbed, they’ll tell you in the video.)
Without further ado, let’s get to some of those reviews.
Here’s Tristan Barrocks comparing several music licensing sites. He gets to Musicbed at 6:47 and Soundstripe at 8:13.
And here’s Matt Johnson comparing a medley of sites. Look for Musicbed at around 5:00 and Soundstripe at 11:58.
Let’s start with the good stuff: the music. Every music licensing company will have an audio library of some sort, but the specifics can vary a great deal.
Everyone’s priorities are different, so it’s difficult for me to tell you exactly what you should care about when you’re choosing where to license. But I can speak in generalities.
Most creators tend to prioritize music quality, how easy the library is to navigate, and the variety of music. The sheer number of songs available is also important to many people.
Here’s how Soundstripe compares versus Musicbed.
Soundstripe Audio Library
As I’m writing this, Soundstripe has over 4,000 songs, over 30,000 sound effects, and over 1,000 audio stem files. We add around 200 new songs every month, and our library contains over 40 genres.
The user experience in our library is designed to help you find the right song as quickly as possible. We have a range of playlists that cover everything from specific moods to project type, like advertising or film.
If you want to search for specific songs, you can use one of our 11 different filters. I won’t list all of them here, but some of the most popular include instrument, beats per minute (BPM), key, and mood.
If you want to learn more, search for some songs here.
Musicbed Audio Library
Musicbed was founded in 2011, which makes it one of the first music licensing sites to hit the scene.
It’s hard to find out exactly how many songs Musicbed has in their library, but they’re adding new music weekly, so I have to imagine the selection is pretty large — probably over 10,000.
They also employ filters to make finding that perfect song a little easier. You’ll know the classics like genre, mood, artist, and instrument. Attributes, song length, and build are a few of Musicbed’s more unique filters.
Musicbed also has lots and lots of playlists.
Music licensing is important — like really important.
You may love the music in one audio library, but if the usage terms of the licenses are too strict, then you might not be able to use the songs the way you want to.
What’s more, if the licensing agreements are too complex, it might be difficult to even know if you’re using the songs legally. Plus, studying convoluted licensing terms burns time you could spend creating.
With those points in mind, let’s look at what it’s like to license music from Soundstripe and Musicbed.
A subscription to Soundstripe grants you unlimited music licenses from the songs in our audio library.
Each one of those licenses is a single use, perpetual license. That means you have permission to use each individual song in a project forever, until the end of time. The license doesn’t expire — even if you cancel your membership.
When you license a song, we do ask that you tell us what kind of project you’re using it for, like a documentary, podcast, or vlog. That way we know which type of songs are most popular, and we can add more tracks that are similar to what you love and remove tracks that no one uses.
We don’t have restrictions on what type of mediums you can use your licenses for, so if your video hits it big and gets featured on broadcast TV, you’re all good.
If you sign up for a subscription, Musicbed’s licensing is similar to Soundstripe’s: You pay a monthly fee and get unlimited licenses from their library. Most of these licenses are single use, perpetual licenses.
The main difference with Musicbed is that the type of usage terms, i.e., how you can use the music, differ based on your subscription.
For example, if you just want to get songs for personal use on YouTube, you can absolutely do that with their lowest tier subscription. If you want to get music for a video your company is advertising on Facebook, you have to move to the Business subscription.
Musicbed’s pricing is split along two main categories: subscriptions and single song.
Under the subscriptions category, Musicbed offers five different plans ranging from Personal to Business to a completely custom plan. Each plan gets progressively more expensive and adds new usage terms, like for social media advertising or broadcast.
Here’s a breakdown of each subscription:
The single song category follows the same progression, with songs for Personal use less expensive and more closely regulated than those in the Business category.
Soundstripe has two membership tiers: Standard and Premium.
Standard can be billed monthly or annually, but Premium is only available at a yearly rate.
Here’s a breakdown:
Integrations and Add Ons
At its core, an audio library is a software platform. When you sign up to get songs from a music licensing company, you’re essentially leasing their platform.
As creator, you’re also using other software to produce your work. If the other applications you use integrate with your audio library, then your life will be a lot easier.
Almost all software companies understand the importance of this concept, which is why the successful ones work hard to build integrations with other tools they know their customers use. Just look at Slack. They have over 150 integrations. And they’re basically taking over the world.
So what type of integrations and add ons do Soundstripe and Musicbed provide?
With the Premiere Pro integration, you can preview, license, and import royalty free music from Soundstripe’s library to your timeline in Premiere Pro. The Frame.io integration allows you to send watermarked versions of Soundstripe songs over to Frame.io projects to try them out before you actually license the music.
Musicbed has a two-way integration with Spotify. You can follow their artists and listen to curated playlists in the Spotify app. If you don’t feel like juggling multiple browser tabs, you can also find and follow Spotify playlists from inside the Musicbed application.
So there you have it: Soundstripe vs Musicbed. Two good places to get royalty free music for your latest film, vlog, or podcast.
Who should you choose? Well, that’s up to you. I said before I have my biases, but Musicbed is a good platform, too.
Review the sections covered in this post, and rank which areas are most important to you. Then judge Soundstripe and Musicbed on your new list of criteria.
Presto, now you have your answer.