Updated September 2nd, 2019
Once you get the green light from a music library or music supervisor, best be prepared to deliver what they need!
This post will list all the audio files you need to maximize your chances of getting your music licensed.
The 5 Essentials
Here’s my list of the 5 essential audio files that need to be ready for licensing….
MP3, 320 kbps
AIFF, 16 bit, 44 kHz
AIFF, 16 bit, 48 kHz
AIFF, 24 bit, 44 kHz
AIFF, 24 bit, 48 kHz
Some customers will ask for WAV files but you can send them AIFF files instead.
AIFF and WAV are both lossless audio file formats which is really what customers are after.
Why am I choosing AIFF?
Because many audio media players like iTunes and Windows Media Player don’t read the metadata embedded in WAV files properly.
What does that mean?
It means that, depending on the device your customer uses to listen to the audio file, they may or may not be able to see the song information attached to the audio file.
Since there is no way to predict which media player the customer will use, I prefer to send AIFF files.