Needle Drop Music

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What is Needle Drop Music?

Needle Drop is a method of music licensing that requires a producer to pay a fee each time they synchronize a tune with a TV showfilm or commercial.

Generally available as a single track, needle drop music is considered to be of suitably high quality for TV, film or commercials and can cost anything from several hundred pounds/dollars to several million.

Charges for needle drop music are different for each track and are based on how a user expects to utilise it, in which territories the music will air, and to which demographic the final content will broadcast. 

In many ways, needle drop licensing is more akin to renting than buying a piece of music.

Where does the term ‘needle drop music’ originate from?

The name’s origin comes from bygone days when a phonograph needle was dropped onto a record to play music. 

The phrase ‘needle drop’ was used to describe this particular type of music licensing as it illustrates the moment when a track is used by a media corporation, business or studio. Every time a record is played, the metaphorical needle is dropped and a fee is required to license the music. This applies even when a track is used multiple times in the same project.

What is laser drop music? 

 Needle drop music is also commonly referred to as ‘Laser Drop music’, a term which arose around the time when CDs were introduced as a modern music format. 

Is needle drop music available on Audio Network?

We do not provide needle drop music at Audio Network. 

What does the Audio Network catalogue provide?

With our music catalogue, producers don’t own the music they pay to use. Instead, they purchase a one-off licence that allows them to synchronize the tune, sound effect or bed in any territory, on any platform, forever.

What’s available in the Audio Network catalogue? 

The real question is: What isn’t available in the Audio Network catalogue? 

We have thousands of tracks ready to be downloaded from our website to your content, whether that be for film, an advert, a podcast or something else altogether! 

See also in our Music glossary:
Music licensing
Stock music
Non-copyrighted music
Music rights
Royalty free music explained

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