Adding music is a great way to make sure people don't see your images. Unless I'm there for the music, I'm more likely to close a page that has music than mute the speakers. Nothing is more annoying than having a web page start playing music.
I don't always visit other websites, but when I do,
I prefer sites without lame background music.
Stay Silent, My Friend. Unless it's a site for MetroSexuals ...
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That's Why God Invented The Large Format Camera.
You absolutely need to pay for music on a website. You are promoting your copyrighted work, believe me... other copyright owners will want to get paid. There are sites you can get music for not much money... Music Bakery, I think, But the Lady Gaga's of the world will be expensive, and if they catch it, you'll get one of those nasty lawyer letters from the music company. As for music on the site, I don't have it on mine for many of the reasons stated above, but I have seen it used to good effect from time to time.
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Originally Posted by Ron LarFor4X5
Don't do it. It's the plague of myspace.
First, it's probably not legal.
Second, many people like those here and myself would rather not have music start up, and x'ing out of a webpage is far easier than finding the volume control. I am often find time for surfing when I'm at work or when my baby/daughter/wife is sleeping. Peaceful is important.
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Has the message come across already that adding music is good for driving people mad (and away)?
If not: adding music is perfect for annoying people to bits and make them curse you and your web gallery.
So perhaps better not?
If you read the license agreement for any music you buy, you'll see for what type of usage your payment will allow you. Most I've seen basically says for personal entertainment use only. You could argue, your website is for your personal enjoyment. However, keep in mind, the music industry is hyper sensitive for misuse right now. Putting licensed music on a website can invite unwanted attention, and possibly result in lawsuit. Even if you eventually prevail, it will require you to defend yourself. That would be both both expensive and stressful.
Personally, I wouldn't risk it.
Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?
if you really like the music and too broke
to pay for it, you might consider swapping
some of your artwork for the use of
some of the music ... if they like your photography
it might be a win-win situation ...
I agree with all the above. You need to buy the right to use most music, and you don't want the music to play automatically.
Originally Posted by c.louis
If you still want to have background music available as a choice then you could include a button that allows people to turn it on, but almost no one will.
Even if the website is music oriented, it should not come on automatically.
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