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  • Wikimedia Commons:
    Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository that contains more than 12 million media files (images, sound, video). The files are free for everyone to use, modify, and copy as long as they follow the terms specified on the individual file’s description page (usually requires attribution and making modifications/copies available to others under the same license). More information on re-use can be found at Commons:Reusing content outside Wikimedia and Commons:First steps/Reuse.

  • Wikipedia Sound/list:     
    Full-length classical music selections in the public domain, these files are in .ogg format, but can easily be downloaded (right click on the file name and select “Save target as” or similar command) and converted to mp3 format, using Audacity (free audio software) or some other software program. If you need help, stop by the TLMC in the Quentin Burdick Building (formerly the IACC) 150C.

  • Freeplay:
    This is an excellent resource for finding background music for your class project. This searchable site provides valuable information about the music, easy download and preview links, and most music is available in several lengths (e.g., 30 seconds, 60 seconds, and full length—usually, several minutes). Media can be used for educational projects, but may not be distributed off campus, e.g., on Youtube or television. Please read Terms of Use.

  • Freesound:
    Freesound’s aim is “to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, …released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse” ( ). After registering with the site, users can browse the sounds, upload and download sounds, and even interact with the artists. Recordings are posted under a Creative Commons license. Find information about the licenses, how to credit or attribute a sound to an artist, etc., on the FAQ page:

  • PacDV: 
    These sound effects are free of charge in your multimedia productions, but do not re-sell them or post on a Web site for download.

  • Royalty Free Music: 
    Free, full-length songs of various styles can be downloaded and used for educational projects through an agreement with the company. You can only access the free music with a special login and password, that we are not allowed to post publicly. Send a request for the login and password to

  • Grooveshark:
    This site is for listening to music, not downloading it. You can create a playlist and share the playlist with others (like your instructor, for an assignment) by sending them a Web address.



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Last Updated: Thursday, February 05, 2015 5:46:48 PM