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  1. Just received this from LicenseQuote. Glad to see they are back up and running.
    Hey Guys (and Gals),

    I wanted to let you know that LicenseQuote is back to business as usual. We had a rough patch last summer, but following some restructuring and partnerships, it’s full steam ahead now.

    Best Regards,

    Mike Long

  2. Just received an email from them,they’re closing down the site:

    “Dear LicenseQuote user,

    With a heavy heart we are announcing that the LicenseQuote service will cease operations on October 31, 2018. We started 11 years ago, and are proud to have served thousands of indie musicians as well as larger music publishers over the years. Sadly, the music industry has changed during this time to the point where it is not financially viable to keep the LicenseQuote service running.

    For anyone with a paid monthly plan, the last billing date will be during September.

    For anyone with a paid yearly plan, a pro-rated refund will be issued for the period from October 31 and onward.

    All accounts will be active until the shutdown date unless you actively cancel beforehand.

    If you wish to download your catalog’s meta-data: sign-in to your account, go to Tracks/Songs, then click Import/Export and Export to Disk.

    If you wish to download your client list: sign-in to your account, go to Manage Clients, then click Export.

    If you wish to download your song files: sign-in to your account, go to Files/Uploads, then click the Download link near each file you wish to download.

    After October 31, all of the data on LicenseQuote will be deleted.

    We are putting the LicenseQuote technology and software up for sale. Drop us a line if you are interested.

    The LicenseQuote team”

    1. Hi guys,
      I also received the email from them, this is really bad news for me (I am with LicenseQuote), and I guess for some (or many) of you as well.
      Do you guys know of any good / comparable alternative?

        1. Thank you Art.
          Your new site looks good. I need to look into WP, I never used it.
          I noticed that you don’t watermark your tracks (at least the couple tracks I listened seemed to be without watermarks). Is this your choice, or it’s because it would be too complicated to allow customers to download just a watermarked version of the mp3 file?

          1. Thanks GM. I do watermark, though trying to do them in a batch means that some are probably too soft. Initially they were too loud so I thought that might be annoying and lowered them. Eventually I will fix the low ones.

            On the other hand I’m not overly concerned as I figure anyone stealing and using in a commercial application will eventually get caught. Thankfully there are more honest people than dishonest!

        2. Really sad indeed… I’ve been with LQ for 2 years now… I really don’t know what to do right now… maybe switch to SourceAudio although they don’t support watermarked files downloading for preview files..

  3. How expert would one have to be to operate on Licensequote?

    It looks great but I imagine it’s best for people who really understand the business and can happily deal direct with clients for price negotiations and contracts, while anyone without a lot of experience might really make a mess of it.

    Is this right? Or is it all fairly straightforward if one follows the standard procedures and has a little nous?

    1. “Hello! could anybody tell me in how much money they are selling your music´s placements? aprox…?”

      LicenseQuote is NOT a music library. It’s a web based solution for you to set set up your own music library.

  4. Is it worth going through the process of uploading tracks to this site. How have sales been for people with music here ? Thanks

  5. Can anybody tell me if the hosting store search engine, has an option to show all versions of a cue? perhaps by a drop down menu.

    1. Hello Happy Ears,
      The catalog lets you add unique titles for all your songs/tracks and different cue versions as needed. This keeps them together (alphabetically) for title or keyword searches, and can also be organized and sorted by custom-named tag filters.

      Occasionally we get inquiries via our contact form:
      with incorrect, mispelled or missing return email addresses, so it’s not always possible to reply, even though we’d love to!

      Please try contacting us again, and be sure to carefully enter the email address you’d like us to reply to, so we’ll be able to get right back to you!

      Michael – LicenseQuote management

    2. One of the features I’ve always thought LQ needed was a way to group versions together. MusicLoops, AudioSparx, Scorekeepers and many more have this. I’ve been rattling Michael’s chain about this for the last couple of years. 🙂

      1. Hi Art,
        Sure, it’s a good idea and also on one of our To-Do lists, but most of our publisher and library clients have been using other sorting options (e.g. unique track titles), tags, custom filters and API links to integrate with their existing catalog on their sites. So “grouped versions” already has a number of viable solutions.

        One of our clients, Andrew Oye of, is offering “Construction Packs” to his licensing clients. These contain all variations of cues (intro, verse, chorus, different mixes, etc.) from the same primary track. See the article about it here:

        But most publishers are using a ‘root titles’ approach, like “ABC Track – full”, “ABC Track – 60 sec.”, “ABC Track – piano & strings”, etc. This works well, supports sorted search results and unique preview files sharing, etc.

        The other advantage is that different licensing profiles and rate cards (pricing) can be applied to each unique “cue”, so this provides flexible pricing management.

        Also, clients with “blanket licensing” permission enabled (by the publisher) can access and download any/all cue variations as needed, which is all tracked on the “Sold Licenses” admin page, which the publishers really like!

        Finally, LicenseQuote serves many kinds of music publishers, so it’s not only about licensing “production music” tracks and grouped “cue” versions, but broader things like original songs with vocals, instrumental melodies, masters for cover songs, songs in public domain, sheet music and other types of more traditional music publishing and licensing sales.

        Hope this sheds some light on what we’ve been doing lately!

        1. All of the above would benefit from a group feature and you wouldn’t lose anything. The results of a search would be cleaner by using less screen real estate and showing more results. It would also allow a client to “drill down” for any alternate versions.

          1. Got it, thanks again Art!

            Will pass this on to Doron (our CTO) and see if we can push this a bit higher on the To-Do list.

            It’s loaded with many great features, and would like to get to some of them sooner! 🙂

  6. Hi Matt,
    Yes, it’s possible to embed your Licensing Store directly on your own website!

    On the Licensing Store admin page in your account, we provide a small “copy & paste” iframe embed code. We list this on our Features page under the API and Integration section, and could probably mention it again at the top in the “Music Licensing Store” section. Our list of features keeps growing longer, yikes! 🙂

    Here’s an example of one of our client’s store:
    His name is Andrew Oye, a film & tv composer who is using for his website hosting. You can also find other cool store and API integration examples on our Gallery:

    Hope this helps!

  7. Hey Michael, I have a question:

    Can someone actually set up the ‘store’ on their own site, instead of linking to LQ (i.e. as a widget within a site)? I couldn’t see that described on your site, but maybe it was there and I didn’t see it. If that’s the case, then it’s a very cool concept.

  8. Hi Everyone!
    Just wanted to mention (and remind) that LicenseQuote is NOT a music publisher or library, but a publishing and licensing solution for independent songwriters, composers and producers to easily set up their own music licensing store which they can place on their website.

    We don’t have much competition, only YouLicense, but we’re different in that we offer more features and our plans and pricing are more affordable. Regardless, you always stay in full control of your publishing and pricing and keep 100% of all your licensing sales.

    When you get a chance please check out our blog and the article: “What people are saying about LicenseQuote” to learn what our publisher and library clients are saying about our service. Here’s a handy link:
    We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 🙂

    If you have questions or need any help, please use the Contact form (on our front page) to give us a shout!

    Michael – LicenseQuote team

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