Audio Jungle Review (Where I Sell Some Music) ⋆ Stock Music Musician

Audio Jungle Review (Where I Sell Some Music)

Audio Jungle Review (Where I sell music online)

It was the best of sites, it was the worst of sites. It was the most popular of sites, and the stingiest of sites. It was the most creative of sites, and the most dickish of sites.

Ok, pardon my Dickensian introduction.

I got my first sales ever on Audio Jungle, with this chill dub song. I was super, super stoked. In fact, I’ve sold it repeatedly. So Audio Jungle has a special place in my heart as my first. Thank you, Audio Jungle.

But like many "firsts," that special place is also full of a lot of frustration and pain.

Full of a lot of mixed feelings about Audio Jungle. So even though there’s money to be made on Audio Jungle, I cross the street when I see it coming while looking nervously down at my phone.

Here’s why. If you're interested in how AudioJungle compares to my favorite site, Pond 5, check out this article.

Just a note – Audio Jungle does not give me any fees for referring artists. This is my honest to goodness warts and all review based on my experience as an artist on Audio Jungle. However, I do earn a referral feel from any purchases people make on Audio Jungle. But almost every major stock music site offers referrals).

Audio Jungle Review, pt. 1 - It does some really good, creative things

Audio Jungle clearly has a huge market of buyers, which makes it a great place for sellers to sell. If you can get your songs up, you'll probably get lucky.

It has a really attractive layout and is super easy to navigate.

Plus it allows musicians to customize their pages and songs in all sorts of ways. And every Audio Jungle review should note that it includes a lot of wonderful social media features that give musicians the ability to create their own song packs and sell different types of licenses.

I know a lot of folks that swear by Audio Jungle. But for me, it’s not worth the effort because…

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Audio Jungle review, pt. 2 - It is literally the worst ever (at some things)

As an artist, I get the feeling that Audio Jungle is trying to bully me into meek acceptance of its terrible behavior. It’s like it gets off on being withholding. Like it only hurts musicians because it cares.

Why?

Let’s start with payout. If you’re a non-exclusive author, Audio Jungle offers you about 36% of the sale price, compared to the industry-standard 50% you see on sites like Pond 5, Audio Micro, and Production Trax.

If you give up your rights to sell your song on other platforms, than Audio Jungle boost the payout to 60%, which is nice. But then you’re tied to Audio Jungle forever. But what if it goes out of business or stops being popular with buyers? What happens to your catalog then? What if some hot new startup pops up and everyone is selling there?

Audio Jungle sets the price of your files without giving you any control. These prices are some of the lowest in the industry, at $19. Now some authors on Pond 5 sell themselves short and price their songs at $15, but they’re being fools. But it's their choice.

Update November 2018: AudioJungle now let's you set the price of your songs.

I mean, us musicians know that some of our songs are crap. But we pour our hearts and souls in to writing and performing most of our music.

Receiving 36% of $19 dollars (~$6.85) is a slap in the face.

Now Audio Jungle’s low standard price is offset, somewhat, but Audio Jungle offering multiple types of licenses, some of which do pay out WAY more. For example, a full music & film broadcast license costs $300+.

But to add insult to injury, with Audio Jungle, you are not allowed to register your songs with a performance rights organization, like ASCAP or BMI. This means that if your song is ever broadcast, you miss out on the opportunity to collect performance royalties.

Next, Audio Jungle has terrible standards of review that I can't come close to figuring out. They weed out some bad stuff, sure. But they rejected this energetic rock song which I’ve licensed on Pond 5 a bunch of times.

Update November 2018: I've literally earned hundreds of dollars from this song on Pond 5.

Of course, strict reviews wouldn’t be so bad, if it wasn’t such a terrible, massive pain in the ass to upload your files to Audio Jungle.

For each song (or edit of a song), you have to create your own version with an Audio Jungle watermark, and also create a .zip file. When an average song could have 5 or 6 edited versions, it just ain’t worth my time. I haven't seen these absurd, archaic requirements on any other site.

In sum my Audio Jungle review is this: if you’re ok gambling you’re time away formatting files in the hopes of having songs accepted, you will probably make a little money from those songs. Personally, though, I’d rather spend that time making music.

Anybody have any different thoughts on Audio Jungle?

Update November 2018: Base on most of the comments I've received below and on Youtube, most musicians feel that Audio Jungle isn't worth the effort.

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About the Author

Evan has been writing & recording music for the past couple decades. He's thrilled to have his songs have been played on NPR, the Outdoor Network, Verizon's On Demand Channel, and more. He's spent the past year teaching folks how they too can get started licensing their music.

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