Facebook Adds Collection of 1,000 Free Songs to Use in Videos
It's part of a new initiative intended to provide tools to video creators on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook has added a "sound collection" of 1,000 free, pre-cleared songs by mostly unknown artists for its users to add to their videos.
The social media platform started unrolling the new material on Friday (Dec. 8) as part of its larger Facebook for Creators program it announced last month. The new initiative is intended to provide video creators with tools to develop their skills (and followings) on Facebook and Instagram.
The songs range across basically all genres with options to sort by moods, such as "scary," "dreamy" and "bright," as well as song lengths and types of vocals.
While you're not likely to recognize any of the tracks featured here, there are a couple distinguished artists in the mix. Among them are Grammy-winner Charlie Peacock, who produced The Civil Wars' 2011 debut album Barton Hollow; and guitarist and composer Lyle Workman, who worked on Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, among others. As such, the service also works as a discovery tool for new acts.
There is also an accompanying collection of over 1,500 sound effects ranging from venetian blinds opening to dental suction tool.
It may only be a matter of time before popular acts join the service as well. In September it was reported that Facebook was negotiating with major record labels and music publishers for rights to legally include copyrighted music in videos uploaded to the platform.
Check out the songs and sounds here.