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Songs playing on the background.

 1:14 pm on Feb 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

I would like to enhance my website with some melodies, could be movie sound tracks, could be instrumental sound tracks or random music which I like, but I dont know if I would be violating any copyright rules, maybe I would be allowed to play 30 seconds of the song and then nothing, a repeating 30 second for example could be also useful for me. What are the rules policies for this? Is there a database where I can find free legal music to play on my website.
I am definitely not planning to start an mp3 website, just a few songs playing one after other to amuse the visitors thats all, could be lounge/chill types as well.



 1:33 pm on Feb 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

You should probably look at buying some of the original music downloads from the sites that sell them for this purpose.


 4:21 pm on Apr 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

There are several sources of legal free music clips available online, most require attribution which is only right. You have better choices for a small fee. Be aware of the bandwidth costs that come with offering it, too.

One thing to be careful of, when you embed background music, be sure to make it optional so it needs the viewer to activate it - and let them know an idea of what you're offering or offer choices. There are sites where it works fine.

Few things are more annoying than opening a site just after you get the baby to sleep and having music start playing from nowhere...or browsing at work and notifying all the surrounding cubicles of your browsing. I still run across sites that make me sorry I visited.


 11:50 pm on Apr 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

I can't speak for most web surfers, but I find music that automatically starts when I visit a website to be distracting. It's one thing to have a music player where people have the option of sampling audio because it's related to a product or service.

But it's been at least five yeras since I've actually had a client's web page automatically play music. If I forget how loud my speakers are on, it's an easy way to get me to back-click or close out a new tab if I hear music or a virtual "host" speaking when I visit a site.


 5:42 am on Apr 16, 2014 (gmt 0)

I'll chime in with the "don't want to hear noise of any kind" crowd when visiting a website. Personally I consider it rude behavior on the webmaster's part. :)

I do, however, visit many sites that offer audio/video content and expect that some will do this. If, on the other hand, your site is info/article type and you just want to provide amusement audio, thing offer a button to turn it on.

As noted above, there are costs related to this perk in bandwidth you will ultimately pay for.

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