The music and stock images collections on Storyblocks
On the other hand, the collection of photos (stock images) that Storyblocks offers is disappointing. To use it, you need to buy a subscription.
Be careful though: on Storyblocks, there is no deal that allows you to download only the images.
Downloading images is possible only by buying a full subscription, which also provides unlimited downloads of:
This subscription, compared with competitors’ prices, is (once again) cheaper. You can take a look at the detailed prices on this page, but I will simplify them:
- 65 dollars per month
- 349 dollars per year
Just to emphasize that I am not writing a review of something I don't know, I am one of those who signed up for the unlimited subscription for 349 dollars per year. And, since I have done so, I am very happy with it, because if I have to create a video, or find music for it, or insert a photo into one of my websites, I can find it easily and use it without risking legal problems.
Earlier, if you remember, I said that Storyblocks' image collection is not that good. This is a limitation, but there is still a great advantage in buying content from there and not downloading it from free websites such as:
Many owners of professional sites have had legal problems by downloading photos from websites like Pexels.
The problem is that those who make photos available there sometimes steal them from people online, perhaps even from famous photographers with very hard-hitting lawyers. Using Pexels, Pixabay or Unsplash can bring you a lawsuit.
Is that what you want? Do you want to risk this to avoid paying a low-cost subscription?
On Storyblocks, this cannot happen, for two reasons:
- 1. There is strong control over the content they sell.
- 2. Even if some contributor cheats, they have insurance to protect their customers.
Therefore, especially if you use images professionally, I advise you not to think something like:
No one will check. I don't care about it.
since there are online services with lawyers that scan the web in search of plagiarism. Today, there are more and more photographers, annoyed by years of fraudulent downloads of their images, who rely on these services.
Using Storyblocks to download sounds and soundtracks for your videos
On Storyblocks’ music collection, the amount of songs available is easily sufficient for most content producers’ needs, whether you are someone who's editing a personal video or an agency that creates videos for its customers.
In my case, for example, I have a YouTube channel where I publish historical videos from my private collection. To get the opportunity to enlarge my project, and to earn more money, I sell these videos through this site to:
- television programs
- documentary directors
YouTube is a perfect tool for enlarging my business because it allows me to find an audience for what I do, which in some cases means introducing me to buyers. And it does it for free.
For this reason, every month, between 200 thousand and one million people watch my videos, which, as they are silent, I can improve with the music that I download at a low cost from Storyblocks.
I, who have bought the full year-long subscription for 349 dollars, can do so thanks to this. Those who are not interested in videos and photos as well can instead do so with an unlimited number of tracks for:
- 15 dollars per month
- 149 dollars per year
Otherwise, you can use a cheaper subscription, which allows for the download of only three tracks in a month for 9 dollars.
Storyblocks’ prices are so convenient that they don't even need to make any offers anymore, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. And they don't even need to have a 30 days free trial, as they had in the past.