This is something I have been thinking about for a while now and I am curious to hear your thoughts about it. The music packs on the marketplace, who is actually using them in their projects and why?
I listen to all of them whenever a new one pops up, since I love music like nothing else. And some of the songs are actually really good.
However when it comes to gamedev, the only reason to buy these packs I can think of is to have something to test background music in your prototypes. But you can also get songs of similiar quality for free on one of the many audio websites, and then you won’t have to pay for songs you don’t like.
My thinking is, you can’t really use these music packs in your games (or other projects), if you are serious about it, because there is always a chance that someone else uses the same songs in theirs.
And in my mind, to have someone recognize your music being used in another project will immediately devalue yours.
It may sound pedantic, but first impression is what counts, right? And hearing the exact same song in another game may make the person feel your work isn’t unique, even if it’s unconsciously.
So therefore you can either be using them only for yourself and your testing purpose, or you use them in your public build, but you openly communicate it when it is brought up that you use the same music as someone else, because you just didn’t have the money for hire a music artist yet.
Which is perfectly fair in my opinion, but I personally would be too concerned to take this risks and have people with an inconscious impression of my project not being unique. But maybe I am too overly concerned here, and people don’t recognize same music (and aren’t as critical of it) as much as I think they do?
But that leaves me with the question, if you can get these kind of none-uniquely-used songs for free, why would you want to pay for them? For the comfort of saving time, not having to search for fitting songs? Or perhaps as a thank you and support to the music artist who created them? I am thinking more like the latter.
Anyway, I am curious to hear your thoughts about this.
And as a suggestion to improve the marketplace for musicians, I think it would be great to allow them to sell songs seperately, like you can do on Bandcamp. This way I could easily just buy two or three songs that I like from a pack, and don’t have to take the rest that I don’t like.