Here’s what we learned when we consulted Bob’s son, a law professor: It’s illegal to use copyrighted music, even a few seconds worth, without paying for it — unless it’s royalty-free.

Most music sites want to charge a lot to download those few seconds. But a new site,, charges only $1.99 for music that can be used with YouTube videos. You find music by searching through popular playlists, like “weddings,” “science and gadgets,” etc. Or look at common search terms, like “classical,” “rock/pop” and “contemporary.”

For music to use outside YouTube, try the FriendlyMusic’s parent site: Some of the stuff there is free.

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