What are music libraries for radio stations?
Music libraries are collections of music tracks specifically designed for broadcasting on radio stations. There are two types of music libraries:
- Commercial music libraries. These libraries contain popular songs from popular artists that all of us know. They are the central part of a radio’s own programming.
- Production music libraries. These are libraries containing music that form part of the station “sound”. They contain all of the “noise” you hear on the radio which is not part of the central programming. They are used in a variety of scenarios such as background music for talk over, advertising, transitions between segments, etc.
Online music libraries with commercial music
There’s several providers of music libraries.
Radio Exclusive is a music provider to licensed radio stations. Music is provided as weekly new releases for ongoing coverage as well as music libraries containing past hits. You can request a free quote for the weekly music service here, or contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the music libraries.
ILikeMusic is an on-line music database based in the U.K. They offer broadcast quality commercial and production recordings that can be auditioned on-line and downloaded for broadcast, entertainment and public use. Music is offered with a monthly contract or on a Pay-As-You-Go basis. Service is geared mostly to U.K. customers.
Online music libraries with production music
Just like for commercial music, there’s plenty of production music providers as well.
A popular name that stands out in this category is Sound Ideas. Ontario-based Sound Ideas offers a repository of sound effects and music libraries. It has accumulated the sound effects, which it releases in collections by download or on CD and hard drive, through acquisition, exclusive arrangement with movie studios, and in-house production. They release the popular Mix Music Libraries containing production music in Corporate, Sports, News, Comedy, Rock and Dance formats.
TM Studios (formerly known as TM Century) provides both commercial and production music. Commercial music libraries are offered via the HitDisc brand. Production music is offered via their own proprietary library.
Most production libraries are offered royalty free on-line, with a simple monthly subscription model.