Why does Vimeo have a Music Store?

We wanted to provide a place where our members could find music to put in their videos. Unlike music that you might download from a store for personal listening purposes, the Music Store allows you to find music that you can license for use in your videos.

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How do I add music to my videos?

You can download tracks from Music Store and add them to your videos with your video editing software, or you can automatically add these tracks to your Vimeo videos with our nifty Enhancer.

Need help getting started with editing tracks in your video? Check out these Video School lessons:

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How do I search Music Store?

You can search Music Store by typing in a Genre, Tempo, Theme, Mood, or a specific instrument. Our awesome search bar will automatically start guessing tags as you type. Simply press the tab key when the term you want is highlighted to select it as a tag to search by. You can add as many tags as you want to get super specific!

For more control, you can apply our advanced search filters. Click the Advanced Filters link that appears below the search bar to filter by duration, price range, license type, provider, and vocal type. You also can enable or disable safe search.

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How do I clear tags from the search bar?

Simply click the X next to each tag name to remove it, or click the X next to the search button to clear the entire search.

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What is SmartSound?

SmartSound offers customizable, royalty-free tracks for your videos. SmartSound tracks offer customizable track duration, and you can choose the mood or track variation that best suits your video.

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How can I add SmartSound tracks to my videos?

You can search for SmartSound tracks by clicking the Advanced Filters link that appears under the search bar and selecting SmartSound from the Provider drop-down menu.

SmartSound tracks will show a gear icon where you would normally see the song length, as well as a gear icon where you would see a shopping cart or download icon for other tracks. You can click the Play button to preview a track, and clicking on either of the gear icons will take you to the track page where you can customize it to your liking. With SmartSound, you can choose the arrangement or mood that suits your video, and customize the track duration as well.

To add a SmartSound track to your video, you can either purchase and download the track from the Music Store to use in your own editing software, or use our Enhancer to add the track to your video right here on Vimeo!

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How can I get my music on Vimeo’s Music Store?

The Vimeo Music Store sources tracks from our partners at Audiosocket, Free Music Archive, and SmartSound. If you have an account with any of those sites, your music should appear in Music Store when searching the appropriate tags. Otherwise, feel free to get in touch with one of our partners to explore the possibility of adding your music to their catalogs:

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How do I search for only free tracks?

Click the Advanced Filters link under the search button to expand the menu. There you’ll find a slew of options including “Price range” where you can select free tracks. Save some money, honey!

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What does the star next to the tracks mean?

When hovering over a track, a star will appear on the left hand side over the track number. Clicking this will allow you to add that track to your “My Saved Tracks” list so you can find it later!

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How do you choose featured tracks?

Featured tracks are chosen by the Vimeo staff. If we like something and think you will too, we feature it!

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How does the Recommendations tab work?

This tab contains a full list of all of our featured tracks. It shows you the best of the best, at least until we update it!

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What is the Music Store refund policy?

All sales are final in the Vimeo Music Store.

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Can I share tracks I purchase with my friends?

When you purchase a track with a personal or commercial license, you’ve purchased the right to use it for your projects only. If a friend wants to use that track, they’ll have to purchase their own license from the Music Store.

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Why do I have to name my project to download some tracks?

Audiosocket requires this information to generate your music license. If you don’t have an official title, you can describe your project.

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Why can’t I find Lady Gaga’s music?

Music Store gets tracks from Audiosocket, SmartSound and Free Music Archive. These sites are filled with awesome creators just like Vimeo, and don’t contain music from mainstream recording artists.

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What are the license options for paid tracks?

We offer two licenses for paid tracks for each of our paid providers (Audiosocket and SmartSound). Audiosocket offers a Personal License and an Indie Filmmaker/Small Business License. SmartSound offers a Standard Commercial License and an Extended Commercial License. Please make sure you read each license before completing your purchase.

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What are the license options for Audiosocket tracks?

Here’s a quick summary of the differences between the two Audiosocket licenses:
 
 Personal LicenseIndie Filmmaker / Small Business License
Cost$1.99$98
Who can use this license?Individuals onlyIndividuals or business/non-profit entities that earn less than $20 million (USD) in annual revenue
May I create a video on behalf of a third party?NoYes
Where can I distribute my video?Web, mobile, and Vimeo Festival + AwardsLicensee’s website and social media channels (Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, etc.), film festivals, public industrial performances (internal and external), and up to 1,000 DVDs (free of charge)
Can my video make money?NoYes
Can my video promote a product or service?NoYes
Can I use my video in a media buy (e.g., pre-roll, post-roll, pop-up, or banner video ads)?NoNo
What is the term of the license?Perpetuity (forever)Perpetuity (forever)

If your music licensing needs fall outside these licenses, contact vimeolicensing[at]audiosocket[dot]com.

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What are the license options for SmartSound tracks?

 Standard Commercial LicenseExtended Commercial License
Cost$29.99$69.99
Who can use this license?Individuals and professionalsIndividuals and professionals
Can I use this license to create a video on behalf of a third party?YesYes
Can the video I create with this license promote a product or service?YesYes
What Internet uses does the license permit?Licensee’s website; social media (Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, etc. – excludes monetization); up to 5,000 downloadsMultiple websites, including commercial use on third-party websites; social media (Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, etc. – excludes monetization); up to 10,000 downloads
What film uses does the license permit?Film festivals, including Vimeo Festival; display in one theater for profitFilm festivals, including Vimeo Festival; display in multiple theaters in one country
How many DVDs can I make with this license?Up to 5,000Up to 10,000
Can I use this license in the creation of mobile apps?Non-commercial, not-for-profit apps only*Commercial, for-profit mobile apps that do not distribute a video, photo slideshow, or other media with the music (content creation apps)
Can I use the music on TV or in advertising?NoLocal or regional television only**; includes radio and advertising
Can I use this music on its own, outside of a video, photo slideshow, media project, etc?NoNo

* A mobile application that is free to download or free to play but has in-application or in-game purchasing or makes income from in-app or in-game advertising is considered for-profit.
** Local television or radio is defined as broadcasts that reach a specific city, community, or county; regional television or radio is defined as broadcasts that reach a multi-city region of a state up to multiple states in a specific area of the country (such as south-western states, north-eastern seaboard, southern-central states, etc).
 
For any license rights not mentioned above, please contact SmartSound directly at info@smartsound.com

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I purchased a track with a different SmartSound license. What are the terms of the previously available licenses?

Until June 2, 2014, Vimeo Music Store sold SmartSound tracks with (1) a personal license or (2) a commercial license, both slightly different from the licenses described above. SmartSound no longer offers those particular licenses through the Vimeo Music Store. However, if you purchased a SmartSound track from Vimeo before June 2, 2014, one of the following licenses would apply to your track:

 Personal LicenseCommercial License
Cost$1.99$19.99
Who can use this license?Individuals onlyAnyone
May I create a video on behalf of a third party?NoYes
Where can I distribute my video?Web, mobile, and Vimeo Festival + AwardsWeb, mobile, television, theatrical, and up to 10,000 DVDs
Can my video make money?NoYes
Can my video promote a product or service?NoYes
Can I use my video in a media buy (e.g., pre-roll, post-roll, pop-up, or banner video ads)?NoYes
What is the term of the license?Perpetuity (forever)Perpetuity (forever)

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What if I want to use my video with music licensed under the SmartSound Commercial License beyond 10,000 DVDs?

You may contact SmartSound for details on additional licensing. Please contact sales[at]smartsound[dot]com.

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What’s the proper way to attribute the tracks I use?

Some artists will require you give them attribution when using their songs. You can find out how to give them proper credit by clicking on the track's title. Click Attribution info under “About this track,” which appears to the right of the track. A window will pop up with the text the artist would like you to add to your video's description. You can copy and paste it right in when you’re ready!

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What do I do with the license?

Keep it in your filing cabinet, your safe, lock it in a chest, tape it to your ceiling, just don’t lose it! You may need it in the future if you ever need to prove you have a license to use the song.

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What if I lose the music file I paid for?

No worries! Just check the “My Downloads” tab. You’ll always be able to re-download tracks you’ve purchased in the past.

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What if I don’t want my songs to contain profanity?

Some tracks in Music Store may have explicit lyrics. These tracks will be marked with a red “Explicit” to the right of the track name. If you’d prefer to filter out explicit songs from your search results, open the Advanced Filters and turn the Safe Search toggle to “On.”

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How do I remove a track from my cart?

When you add a track to your cart, you’ll see a black pop-up window appear in the lower right corner of the screen. Simply click the red X next to each track name to remove it from your cart.

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Can I put a video with licensed music on a DVD or other storage device?

If you have an Audiosocket or SmartSound Personal License, you may burn your video onto a DVD (or other storage device) to send to your family or friends for their personal, non-commercial viewing. But you may not make and distribute DVDs for any commercial purpose. If you have an Audiosocket Indie Filmmaker/Small Business License, you may burn up to 1,000 DVDs. If you have a SmartSound Commercial License, you may burn up to 10,000 DVDs.

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Can I use free music for commercial purposes?

In most cases, no. Most of the free tracks are subject to Noncommercial Creative Commons licenses. These licenses do not permit commercial use. However, if you’re looking to use an artist’s work commercially, you can contact the artist via their homepage or FMA profile.

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Who is the licensor of the free music tracks?

Each track is licensed by the artist that created it.

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What is a Share Alike license?

If you’re using a track that is subject to a Creative Commons Share Alike license, the work that uses that track must also be made available to the public under the same license. For example, if the track is governed by an Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike license, any video that incorporates the track must be licensed to others under the same license. This means that others will be able to adapt your video for noncommercial purposes so long as they provide attribution and license any adaptation under the same terms.

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What if I want to use my video with music licensed under the Audiosocket Indie Filmmaker/Small Business License beyond web distribution?

For two (2) years following your License purchase, Audiosocket will provide perpetual, worldwide licenses for the following media and uses at the following rates:
 
MediaBackground UseFeatured Use
DVD$400 Instrumental
$600 Lyrical
$400 Instrumental
$600 Lyrical
Cable TV (episodic programming)$500 Instrumental
$750 Lyrical
$750 Instrumental
$1,250 Lyrical
All media excluding theatrical and network TV$600 Instrumental
$1,000 Lyrical
$1,000 Instrumental
$1,500 Lyrical
All media including theatrical and network TV$1,000 Instrumental
$1,500 Lyrical
$1,500 Instrumental
$2,000 Lyrical

Please contact vimeolicensing[at]audiosocket[dot]com for more details.

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