IMHO Reviews Podcast

Epidemic Sound Vs Artlist: Which Stock Music Site To Choose?

April 05, 2023 Vitaliy Lano Season 1 Episode 22
IMHO Reviews Podcast
Epidemic Sound Vs Artlist: Which Stock Music Site To Choose?
Show Notes

Welcome to another episode of the IMHO Reviews, everybody. I'm your host, Vitaliy. Today, we're going to dive deep into the world of royalty-free music platforms.

Let's kick things off with the million-dollar question - or, more accurately, the $15 question: how much do these bad boys cost? Epidemic Sound offers a personal plan for $15 per month or $108 per year, and a commercial plan for $49 per month or $228 per year. Artlist, on the other hand, has a starter personal monthly subscription for $14.99, or a yearly subscription for $120. For commercial accounts, they only offer yearly plans, ranging from $199 to $299 per year.

Alright, let's cut to the chase: Epidemic Sound wins the personal plan battle, but Artlist takes the trophy for commercial plans. If you're into monthly commitments, you might wanna swipe right on Epidemic Sound. But if you're looking for a long-term relationship, Artlist could be your soulmate. You know, it's kind of like dating - you gotta find the one that fits your style and budget.

Now, let's talk about the library. It's like the never-ending debate between Marvel and DC - who's got the better lineup? Epidemic Sound boasts an impressive 35,000 tracks and 90,000 sound effects, while Artlist comes in with a smaller, but still respectable, collection of 18,000 tracks and 11,000 sound effects. In terms of quality, they're pretty much on par, but if size matters to you, Epidemic Sound definitely has the bigger... library.

Alright, let's move on to licensing and usage. I know it might not be as exciting as a Marvel movie, but trust me, it's important. Both platforms offer royalty-free tracks for content creators, covering everything from YouTube videos to podcasts and commercial projects. The main difference is that Epidemic Sound also offers single-track licenses, which is perfect if you just need that one perfect song for your video - like finding the "Stairway to Heaven" of royalty-free music.

Alright, let's get real for a second. No platform is perfect, and both Epidemic Sound and Artlist have their fair share of customer complaints. Artlist has a rating of 4.2, with users griping about untrustworthy practices and issues with billing. On the other hand, Epidemic Sound has a rating of 4.5, and users have expressed concerns about difficulty in canceling subscriptions and occasional technical glitches.

Despite these shortcomings, both platforms still maintain relatively high ratings. It's important to remember that no platform is without its flaws, and it's essential to weigh the pros and cons of each service based on your needs and preferences. Remember to read reviews and do your research to get a better understanding of what you can expect from each platform.

So, a while back, I decided to start my own YouTube channel, and man, I tell you, finding the right music was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But then I stumbled upon Epidemic Sound and Artlist, and it was like discovering a whole new world.

On the other hand, Artlist's interface was like a breath of fresh air – modern, sleek, and user-friendly. But their smaller library and the "reasonable use" limitation on downloads were kind of a bummer. And let's not forget the absence of a proper free trial – I mean, come on, Artlist, give us a taste of the good stuff!

Now, you might be wondering, " Vitaliy, which one did you ultimately choose?" Well, after weighing the pros and cons, I decided to go with Epidemic Sound. Why, you ask? The larger library, the single-track license option, and that sweet, sweet 30-day free trial won me over.
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