iStockphoto stocks up on audio tracks

According to Robin Wauters of Techcrunch, Getty Images-owned and Calgary-born iStockphoto will be expanding it audio network to include royalty-free and single-production audio tracks.

At the SXSW Music Festival, the people from Getty Images-owned iStockphoto (where they must be kicking themselves for making that name such a familiar brand on the web now that they’re about much more than photos) will be formally launching the most recent addition to its network today, with a collection of 30,000 royalty-free and single-production audio tracks unsurprisingly dubbed iStockaudio. This was actually partly (and unwillingly) announced  early last month, but has now expanded into a much more robust audio-licensing offering.

iStock’s Standard Audio collection now includes more than 11,000 royalty-free, user-generated sound effects and music tracks from 500+ artists along with a fresh Pump Audio collection of over 18,000 single-production music tracks. Pricing hasn’t changed since its launch: royalty-free tracks still start at $2 each with Pump Audio tracks going from $29.

iStockphoto is now calling itself the “first company to offer stock imagery, video footage, vector illustrations, Flash files and audio for purchase under a single payment model, on one site”.