Legal Streaming Solution for Business Offices

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It’s tempting to build a playlist, plug in speakers, and share the perfect office music. Unfortunately, this could be illegal.

Breaking the law could come with fines levied per song. Those fees could add up, and since they’re determined in lawsuits, you could have court expenses too.

You must have a legal relationship with performing rights organizations (PROs) like ASCAP to play legal office music. They hold two types of copyright: one that covers the musicians and one that covers the recording. Different PROs cover many popular songs, so full coverage means making many connections and checking legal issues often.

Working with a streaming service helps you cut through red tape and play office music legally. Cloud Cover Music makes PRO connections, builds playlists, and ensures that everything you play is legally protected. Fees are reasonable, and setup is quick and easy.

Why Choose Cloud Cover Music?

With thousands of songs to choose from, neatly segmented into stations, you're sure to find music your employees will love. Get started in just a few minutes. Connect your existing Sonos system with our built-in integrations, choose your channel, and you're set.

Use the system to share important information with your employees. Announce the arrival of important clients, page people to conference rooms, and more.

Cloud-based access ensures you can manage your music from anywhere, even when you're not in the office. You can grant access to trusted employees, so they can help you share the workload. And if you have multiple office locations, you can manage all of them from one sleek dashboard.

Why Play Music at Work?

Music can make a long workday go by a little faster, and for some workers, tunes are more than just pleasant. The music they listen to helps them to overcome a chemical deficiency.

A researcher quoted by CNN suggests that people with the adult form of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle to focus on workplace tasks due to a deficiency of the brain chemical dopamine. Music prompts the brain to make more dopamine, correcting this deficiency. For someone who cannot focus during the day, music could mean the difference between getting something done or pushing the deadline out by another day.

In this study, explained in an article published by Fast Company, researchers created a playlist that included familiar songs such as "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison and "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles. When those songs were playing, employees were better able to make group decisions compared to moments when the music wasn't playing.

Music can also help you define your company's culture. If you'd like your employees to think of your work as serious, music with that description could set the tone for new employees and occasional visitors. If, on the other hand, your work should be considered hip and trendy, a playlist dominated by hip hop or current hits could help you get that message across.

What Songs Should You Play?

Choosing the right songs for the office requires quite a bit of art, and the music that is right for one office may be completely wrong for another. That's why no set "office music playlist" is perfect for every office.

These playlists can get you thinking:


Song: Andante Cantabile, Op. Posth.

Artist(s): Budapest Strings

Song: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria

Artist(s): Johann Sebastian Bach, Glenn Gould

Song: Deux Arabesques L. 66: No. 1 Andante con moto

Artist(s): Claude Debussy, Zoltán Kocsis

Song: Fauré: Pavane in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 50 (Orchestral Version)

Artist(s): Gabriel Fauré, Sir David Willcocks, New Philharmonia Orchestra

Song: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13, “Pathétique”: II. Adagio cantabile

Artist(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Levit

Song: Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1

Artist(s): Gabriel Fauré, Yo-Yo Ma

Song: String Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, MWV R 25: II. Canzonetta: Allegretto

Artist(s): Felix Mendelssohn, Kapralova Quartet

Song: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”: III. Con moto moderato

Artist(s): Felix Mendelssohn, Leonard Bernstein

Song: Karelia Suite, Op. 11: 3. Alla marcia. Moderato

Artist(s): Jean Sibelius, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Song: Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor, “Für Elise”, WoO 59

Artist(s): Ludwig van Beethoven, Lang Lang


Song: Abeja

Artist(s): Mndsgn, Sofie


Artist(s): KAYTRANADA, Karriem Riggins, River Tiber

Song: Electric Chords

Artist(s): Dibia$E

Song: Far Away

Artist(s): Tomppabeats

Song: Gobstopper

Artist(s): J Dilla

Song: Happysad Sunday

Artist(s): Kiefer

Song: In the Chambers of Her Goodness

Artist(s): Georgia Anne Muldrow

Song: Jovial

Artist(s): Limes

Song: NorthGate

Artist(s): ohbliv

Song: ‘90

Artist(s): soho


Song: 7th Sevens

Artist(s): Bonobo

Song: Alma

Artist(s): il:lo

Song: Arey

Artist(s): ITO

Song: Bloom

Artist(s): ODESZA

Song: Canyon Walls

Artist(s): Koresma

Song: Daffodil Pickles

Artist(s): Emancipator

Song: Dawn

Artist(s): ITO

Song: Dilla’s Éclair

Artist(s): DJ Harrison

Song: Emei

Artist(s): il:lo

Song: Frozen

Artist(s): HAELIUM

Get Started with Cloud Cover Music

Basic plans start at just $18.95 per month, with no requirement to buy a player or hardware. We'll help you get set up, and we have staff always standing by to answer questions and solve lingering issues.

Contact us to find out more about how Cloud Cover Music works, and sign up for a free trial today.


Listening to Music at Work: Dos and Don'ts. (March 2009). CNN.

How Music Can Make Your Office More (Or Less) Productive. (September 2016). Fast Company.

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