What is it?
A while back I stumbled upon Art-list.io - a stock music licensing service in the same vein as some of the other popular online music licensing firms such as Premium Beat and The Music Bed. At the time I first heard of Art-list.io the pricing had not been revealed, so I didn't think much of it, but today that has changed.
The main differentiating factor to this new service is that it has a flat rate pricing scheme, while the competition tends to have a much more convoluted and pricey ($$$) method of licensing their tracks. This more complicated system generally starts at base licensing cost with additional add-on fees for commercial work, if it will be appearing on television, audience size, etc. The costs can very quickly add up, trust me.
The new pricing announced earlier today comes at somewhat of a shock to me - $199/year for unlimited songs and usages. In comparison, a single basic license for a single song from The Music Bed is that exact same price, before you even get in to the extended usage rights!
That is very attractive, to say the least.
While the "all you can eat" pricing and slick look of the service are very intriguing, the true test of value will come when they officially launch the service online, in February 2016. After downloading the sample tracks (that are available for a limited time on Art-list.io) I'm fairly impressed at the quality. Our early impressions over here are good and It's definitely more towards the Music Bed end of the quality spectrum than some of the other more "stock music-y sounding" services that tend to leave you cringing.
Basically, it appears that it's real music, made by real musicians. Not the usual crap-ola tracks that sound like the theme music to an early 1990's video game rather than the backbone of your latest cinematic masterpiece. Only time will tell if the $199/year flat rate is a good value, but we have a pretty good feeling about this one!