Vimeo Launches Very Handy Music Store for Finding and Licensing Tunes for Your Videos

This makes so much sense, it's a wonder the other video sharing services haven't done this before (unless they have, and I missed it). Vimeo, home to a world of videomakers and creatives, has launched an easy and fast way to find and license music -- legally -- for your videos. Tracks start at $0.00 (there are a number of "free for personal use" tracks) and typically fall into two categories: $1.99 for personal licensing, and $98.00 for commercial licensing.

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Dude was really slow with that knife, right?

Link: Vimeo Music Store

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Like you said, this looks really cool. The only part that doesn't seem very clear from their FAQs are the licensing terms. I hope they will expand and clarify that section.

September 23, 2011 at 11:39AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I thought the same thing..... The guy was really slow with the knife. :)

But seriously, it is a great idea.... Unfortunately, don't all of our short films fall into the commercial category, and thus the not so nice $98 for one track. I've gotten many quality music tracks for about $10 a DVD worth of royalty free music.... why would I pay $98 for one track? And why does adding the term 'business', multiple the cost by 50? It's like adding the term 'wedding' before anything.

It's also painful to have to listen to each track all the way from the beginning.... with no chance to skip ahead while searching for a good track.... This alone will prevent a lot of sales for Vimeo.

With a few changes, I think this will be a great service. Is it unrealistic to expect a commercial track to be less than $98?

September 24, 2011 at 1:14AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This looks like a great service for indie first.

But then I read the FAQ section and realized the commercial license prices only apply to WEB DISTRIBUTION. So if you ever want a theatrical run, television premiere (or screen at a festival), you'll have to purchase a significantly more expensive license.

September 24, 2011 at 10:33AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Good work, Vimeo

September 24, 2011 at 2:36PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


hey guys,

just look at the youtube pendant ;)

September 25, 2011 at 2:04AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Andy Kaczé is very good solution

September 25, 2011 at 12:05PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


The Vimeo solution seems incomplete and confusing. If you want a licensing process that is beautifully clear, check out They represent an eclectic variety of artists and share 50% of licensing fees with them. You can license music for everything from a wedding video to a major theatrical syncro.



September 26, 2011 at 8:25AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM