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“If you don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for music licenses, try checking out songs in the public domain. If you’re willing to put in a little bit of time to search, there’s no limit to the number of great songs you can find. http://www.incompetech.com is probably the easiest source to use, or music from http://www.jamendo.comand http://www.ccmixer.org.”