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Music is very important in all audiovisual content. Not just as a side dish or as a garnish. It also helps you build the environment you want to create for your content. That is why it is essential to know what songs you can and cannot use.
If you are starting to create audiovisual content, you can imagine a specific moment of your video with your favorite song by this or that artist. But, did you know you can’t use that song? Although these times of streaming and music everywhere makes us think that all songs are in the public domain so that we can do with them what we want, you should pay close attention to the music you use to create your digital content.
One of the ways to ensure that your content is free of legal problems and unexpected calls from the FBI, is to use specialized platforms for the legal download of music. In the wide universe of the internet, two very good options stand out: Epidemic Sound and Artlist. Do they sound familiar to you? I will tell you what each one offers so that you have more information about which one is best suited to your project.
Here we go!
Table of Contents
- Let’s compare
- We go by parts
- Music library
- User interface and experience
- Special features
To begin, let’s look at a short comparison table with six aspects: quantity, quality, interface, licenses, special features, and prices.
|Quantity||Library of +35,000 songs and +90,000 sound effects.||Library of +8,000 songs and +1,000 sound effects.|
|Interface||Somewhat confusing, not very intuitive.||Very intuitive and cool.|
|Licensing||Licencia Personal: Cubre todas las redes sociales.|
Licencia Comercial: Todas las redes sociales, contenido para clientes e ilimitado para uso de publicidad digital.
|Licencia Personal: Cubre todas las redes sociales.|
Licencia Ilimitada: Todas las redes sociales, publicidad, trabajos para clientes y televisión.
|Special features||Stems : Download the theme’s instruments separately.|
Button Find Similar : Find songs similar to the one you liked.
Clear video: check your clients’ videos to ensure that the videos remain free of claims, forever.
|Remixes: Download different versions of the same song.|
Option Video Theme : Search for songs based on the theme of your video.
Con solicitud de presupuesto.
Compra de canciones individuales.
Con solicitud de presupuesto.
Compra de canciones individuales.
|Trial period||30 días gratis con derecho a usar la licencia de las canciones y efectos de sonido.|
Música sin marca de agua.
Visita Epidemic Sound aquí
|No tiene período de prueba.|
Puedes descargar la música pero con marca de agua y no tienes derecho a usarla.
Visita Artlist aquí
We go by parts
Once the big picture is reviewed, we can go into detail with each aspect to consider.
Created in 2009, Epidemic Sound is over 10 years old harvesting a community of artists who create music specifically for their platform.
Currently have more than 35,000 songs and 90,000 sound effects available. These numbers also grow each month with between 80 and 150 new tracks. Yes, it is an almost infinite library.
With a few years less, Artlist is a newer platform but with an important growth in artists and users.
In your library you will find over 8,000 songs and over 1,000 sound effects , an amount that, of course, also grows with about 150 new songs every month.
Regarding quality, it is not worth referring to each one separately since undoubtedly the music available on both platforms is of excellent quality . Each one has generous libraries and search filters that guarantee a variety of options, as well as very high-quality tracks in terms of sound.
User interface and experience
If there is something that users more or less agree on, it is that Epidemic Sound interface could be more intuitive . The search engine has numerous genres and categories that can be confusing or repetitive and the options are not so obvious to find.
Before I used to complain a lot because to download a song on Artlist you had to do a lot of clicks and you would get an email every time you downloaded a song; super annoying. But thank god! Artlis made a big update and now you can download the songs and sound effects with just one click!
In general, if we get super demanding, both platforms have things to improve . But in the end, it depends on what is most comfortable for each person and with which you have a more efficient search.
The first thing to say about Epidemic Sound is that it has tracks that are created exclusively for the platform. , so that the contents they offer you are only available on their website. Also, artists are paid upfront, this means a quality pre-filter because we know they won’t pay just anyone.
You can access the contents with three plans, and you can also buy songs by unit.
Regarding the use that you can give to the tracks,as it is exclusive content, the license and rights belong to Epidemic Sound . This means that the clues you use to create videos, podcasts, or any other type of contentas long as your subscription is valid, they will remain free of “Claims” forever and always.
Si decides terminar tu suscripción con Epidemic Sound o con Artlist, los videos que hayas publicado durante el periodo que estuviste suscrito, quedan libres de reclamos por derecho de autor por siempre.
Ambas plataformas poseen un plan Personal el cual cubre la licencia para redes sociales como YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Podcast y TikTok. Si lo que necesitas es una licencia que te cubra no solo las redes sociales si no también tus trabajos con clientes, te recomiendo el plan Comercial con Epidemic Sound o el Ilimitado con Artlist.
Secondly, remember that Artlist artists can sell their content on other platforms . This, at times, has caused problems for users in the verification of authorship rights.
At Epidemic Sound, three special features are worth highlighting: Stems , Find similar and Clear video .
Stems : Don’t you like something about the song? Remove it
You have the perfect song, or well, almost perfect: you can’t use it because it has vocals that are not compatible with the type of content you are creating. How many times have you dreamed of being able to take something from a song because it doesn’t work for you? Epidemic Sound fulfills that wish and makes it possiblewith your choice Stems , which allows you to delete any part of the song that doesn’t interest you : vocals, percussion, guitar… whatever!
You can also download an instrument or sound separately and then mix it up as you see fit.
Find similar : find similar songs
Surely it has happened to you that you find a song that perfectly suits your project and you would like to find more like that. With option Find similar , you will have exactly that. With a simple click, the platform will show options similar to the one you choose , simplifying your search (and life).
Clear video: Review your videos and avoid possible breaches of copyright
How can you make sure your content is free from infringement?Use the option Clear video and, with the URL of your content, Epidemic Sound is in charge of verifying it as free of infringements , protecting you, your clients and your peace of mind.
For its part, the special features of Artlist include remixes and video themes .
Remixes: different versions of the same song
Many of the songs available have different versions longer, shorter or instrumental, among others. This allows you a greater range of work and environment creation possibilities for your videos.
Video Themes – Search for clues to your video’s theme
If your video has a specific theme, Artlist allows you to filter tracks according to different themes: business, technology, food, among many others. This makes the search much more efficient.
Epidemic Sound ofrece planes según el tamaño de tu proyecto o la etapa en la que se encuentre. Los precios van desde 13€/mes hasta 49€/mes en los planes con tarifas fijas. El plan Enterprise te permite solicitar un presupuesto específico para tu proyecto, con todo lo que necesitas para la creación de tus contenidos. Puedes obtener 1 mes gratis ingresando con este link: Epidemic Sound
Artlist, en cambio, recientemente pasó de tener una tarifa única a incluir una tarifa Personal. Lo que hicieron fue básicamente crear el mismo diseño de ventas que Epidemic Sound. Los precios van desde 14,99$/mes con el plan de música hasta 199$. Obten 2 meses extras gratis con tu suscripción anual con este link: Artlist
Once each aspect has been reviewed separately, it is quite clear that both platforms have a lot to offer . On the one hand you have all the experience of more than a decade of Epidemic Sound and its vast library. On the other hand, you have in Artlist a platform that is growing exponentially and that little by little has been placed among the best.
So which one should you choose? Well, like many things, it depends 🙂
If you are interested in having access to an almost infinite library of songs and sound effects with exclusive license that you can use in all types of digital content , and with special features such as Stems or Clear video , maybe your best option is Epidemic Sound .
Si, en cambio, tus contenidos son mayormente videos y buscas una plataforma con una experiencia de usuario muy bien optimizada y un poco más económica, entonces probablemente te convenga más Artlist.
The only thing we can assure you is that in both you will find excellent quality music to create the best sound environment in your audiovisual content 😉