iStockaudio officially opens for business.

iStockaudio

I’ve used iStockphoto for various things over the years. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that you can use iStockphoto for digital album covers fairly inexpensively. After a long build-up iStockaudio has launched to offer everything from a “baby screaming” sample all the way to complete songs such this one called “Nine Nails”:

http://istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=8498225

Make sure you read the License Agreement carefully because how much you pay per audio clip determines how widely you can use your selection. The agreement is here:

http://istockphoto.com/license_audio.php

As a musician you can sell your audio files but you can not be a memeber of a Rights Society (aka have a publishing deal). Unfortunatly that stipulation blocks me from adding to the site. Even though there is a lot to be said for making your own samples and for Creative Commons licensed material I am happy to see iStock in the game. Their site is well organized and the forums are full of activity.

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm, filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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3 Responses to “iStockaudio officially opens for business.”

  1. mr. tunes says:

    that stipulation is silly, but its their loss.

    to my knowledge PROs don’t ban you from working with stock libraries – there are many libraries that depend on their assistance in order to make their maximum dollar. they make basic money selling stock music to the public, and then if a tv show picks up their music then the film company has to submit a cue sheet.

    some of those musician’s unions like the AFM on the other hand i think can be that anal.

    as a result, iStock are cutting off a large chunk of quality producers from submitting.

    if it IS true that being a member of north american PROs prevent you from submitting to stock libraries, then it’s just another example of how old school thinking organizations are going to find themselves extinct cause they were too stubborn to accept change.

  2. “if it IS true that being a member of north american PROs prevent you from submitting to stock libraries, then it’s just another example of how old school thinking organizations are going to find themselves extinct cause they were too stubborn to accept change.”

    Agreed.

    iStock looks very interesting, and I’ll certainly look into it more. However, I wonder how much potential there is for stock audio as another source of income. They make some pretty wild claims on their site about “quitting your day job,” but I imagine you’d have to build up a MASSIVE portfolio to get to that point.

  3. mr. tunes says:

    i know that for some people stock audio really can help you quit your day job. but if you want to make stock tracks in a way that play by the rules with your sample manufacturers, it can be more of a challenge. some companies deny you the right to use their sounds for stock even if you’ve given them boatloads of money for their products. but yeah, overall it’s a lucrative business since people stopped hiring composers to write music for their films.

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