Selling audio files online as microstock is probably the next big thing in digital stock sales. Photography has had its heyday. Vector graphics are still booming but so is the competition. And video footage sales, while very promising for many contributors, hasn’t turned out to be the golden goose some were hoping for.
Enter digital audio recordings. This is a market that is still relatively untouched – for both buyers and sellers. The great thing for producers of digital audio files is that more and more agencies are jumping on board with selling audio files. This should mean more and more sales as the demand for them continues to grow, in an increasingly multimedia-intensive world.
Selling Audio Files Online – Getting Started
First things first – which are the websites that will sell your audio files online as microstock? Below you will find all the major players for selling your digital audio recordings, as well as a description of what to expect from them as a contributor.
Selling Audio Files Online – File Preparation
Bear in mind that each microstock agency will have some of its own criteria, but if you start with these points in mind as you prepare your files, you will have most of the hard work done already.
- Length: a minimum of 5 seconds long
- Bit rate: 320 kpbs
- Sample rate: 16-Bit Stereo, 44.1 khz
- File type: Either WAV or MP3 (or even both) depending on the agency
Along with having the correct file type, you will also need to think about a Title, Description and some Keywords for your audio files. You can learn the basic principles of this in our article on Keywording.
Selling Audio Files Online – The Final Word
There are many reasons to consider selling audio files online as microstock, especially if it already is your field of expertise. For me it was a learning curve, but not an overly steep one. It is certainly an area of microstock I will be continually expanding, as there are buyers out there looking for all sorts of audio (such as my Jungle Sounds recording).
One great thing about selling audio files is you are uploading much smaller files than with photography or video footage, so there is less demand and cost associated with your internet connection. Plus it is cheaper to store and backup these smaller files as well.
But perhaps the best thing about selling audio files online as microstock is that if you get in now, it is still fairly early on in the time-line of digital audio being sold online. So competition is smaller and the growth will be bigger. I will be looking to expand my online audio portfolio – will you?