Adding audio to YouTube videos can be quite confusing for creators starting out on YouTube.
You might make the most common mistake of adding your favorite audio track on your first YouTube video and end up receiving a copyright claim!
If you can relate to this, then you need to continue reading.
We will take you through everything you need to know about how to use audio on YouTube videos without worrying about copyright infringements.
If you already know about copyright on YouTube, but struggle to find music for your videos, that’s where YouTube Audio Library comes into play.
Here’s everything you need to know about the YouTube Audio Library:
What is the YouTube Audio Library?
YouTube Audio Library is a collection of free audio tracks and sound effects that creators can use on their YouTube videos without worrying about copyright infringements.
All the music tracks and sound effects that are listed out on the massive collection of YouTube Audio Library are free to use.
The collection of music tracks are regularly updated which makes it easy for creators to save music for the next video as well.
This ensures that you never run out of fresh music for your content!
How Can You Access the YouTube Audio Library?
The YouTube Audio Library is also accessible to every creators.
There are two ways to access the YouTube Audio Library. You can either go to YouTube Studio and scroll down to the Audio Library, or head over to the YouTube Audio Library channel on YouTube.
If you are new to YouTube, and not sure about how to access the YouTube Studio, we will guide you through a step by step breakdown for both ways.
To access YouTube Audio Library through YouTube Studio:
- Log in to your YouTube channel.
- Now click on your profile picture from the top right corner.
- A drop down will now appear from which you need to select “YouTube Studio”.
- In the YouTube Studio, go through the menu panel on the left side.
- Scroll down until you come across the “Audio Library” option.
- Tap “Audio Library” to access the YouTube Audio Library.
To access YouTube Audio Library Channel:
- Log in to your account
- Tap the search bar and enter YouTube Audio Library
- The official channel for YouTube Audio Library is named - Audio Library - Music for content creators and has more than 4.5 million subscribers.
- Subscribe to the channel if you haven’t and enable notifications to never miss out of new songs.
How to Download Songs from YouTube Audio Library?
Now that you know how to access the YouTube Audio Library, downloading the songs and using it on your video is what you need to do next.
For that you need to learn about how to download songs from YouTube Audio Library.
It is pretty straightforward to download songs from your YouTube Audio Library. If you didn’t know already, you need to follow these steps today then!
- Log in to your YouTube account.
- Select the profile picture icon from the top right corner
- From the drop down menu that appears, select “YouTube Studio”.
- When “YouTube Studio” opens, navigate through the left menu panel.
- Scroll down and select the “Audio Library” option.
- Preview the track and find a music track that meets your taste.
- Now hover the mouse over the “Added” option and click on “Download”.
Alternatively, you can also navigate to the YouTube Audio Library channel and find the track you want to download. Go to the video description and click on the download link to get the video’s download link.
What All Can You Find in the YouTube Audio Library?
The Audio Library in YouTube is not just a place to find all the latest collection of sound tracks that are free to use. You can also find plenty of sound effects which can be used on YouTube videos.
Here is some more interesting information about what all you can find on YouTube Audio Library:
The “Music” tab on the YouTube Audio Library features a collection of all the free sound tracks that creators can download and use on their video.
There are seven tabs under “Music” which all highlight different aspects of the music track you use.
Here is what each subcategory features on the Audio Library for YouTube:
Track Title - Mentions the name of the song. You can use the name of the track to search and find the music you need. Track Title is also accompanied by a play button to preview the music track, and star button to favorite the track.
Genre - You can find music from all genres like Pop, Rock, Alternative and Punk, Hiphop and Rap, Dance and Electro, R&B and Soul and many more. You can also enable the filter option to get a list of songs from just one genre.
Mood - YouTube Audio Library also lets you search for songs based on Moods. This is useful as you can easily find songs that meets the video tone this way. You can find songs listed on moods like angry, dramatic, sad, happy, dark, funky and many more. You can enable filters here as well to get a list of similar mood songs.
Artist - There are plenty of YouTube Audio Library Artists who create copyright free music specifically for the Audio Library on YouTube. They are featured under the “Artist” tab. You can click on the Artist name to get redirected to the artist’s YouTube channel and check out songs that are not included in the Audio Library.
Duration - Lists the total duration of the audio track. If you have a specific requirement or audio length for your video, you can sort the duration by low to high or high to low. This will sort the list accordingly.
License Type - Even though all of the tracks that are listed on YouTube Audio Library are free to use, you need to keep an eye out for the license type. Why? because some creators that contribute to the YouTube Audio Library require you to add attribution when you use their tracks.
Tracks with “Creative Commons 4.0” licensing require you to add the attribution information on your video’s description. However for tracks with YouTube Audio Library license, you don’t need to add any attribution in your video description.
Added - Mentions the date of the track being added to YouTube Audio Library. You can enable the sort button to arrange videos by date added. You can find tracks added from September 2013 to the current date.
What are the main benefits of using audio from YouTube Audio Library?
YouTube Audio Library is not the only destination to find free music tracks.
However, if you want to reduce the chances of getting a copyright claim or copyright strike, it is highly recommended to check out the YouTube Audio Library first.
There are several interesting benefits of using audio from the YouTube Audio Library over conventional non-copyrighted content creators:
1. You Don’t Need to Pay Anything
YouTube Audio Library is completely free to use, and you don’t need to sign up, or create a new account for downloading tracks from the YouTube Audio Library.
Even though, there are plenty of creators that offer the same service of non-copyrighted tracks, most of these require you to register an account.
Some of the creators that offer non-copyrighted content also restrict full access to all their tracks, and only provide samples or short versions for free users. You may need to complete payments to get full access.
2. Less Chances of Copyright Strikes
The problem with using audio from non-copyrighted content creators is that you still have the possibility of receiving copyright claims from content that claims to be non-copyrighted.
You can never know for sure until you use a track if they have copyright claims.
On the other hand, every track that’s listed on YouTube’s Audio Library come with either a YouTube Audio Library license or Create Commons license which are both guaranteed to be non-copyrighted.
You can be assured that you don’t end up with a copyright claim by using tracks from YouTube Audio Library.
3. Easy to Find Audio from YouTube Library
Another great advantage of using YouTube Audio Library is the filtering feature they have.
Because you can filter audio by the mood, genre, artist, and date added, it makes it easy to find an audio to use on your video. You can also easily find similar tracks by making use of the features.
When it comes to using audio from non-copyrighted content creators, you instead get a huge collection that features different types of music tracks.