September 26, 2013

Get Free Music Tracks for Your Videos Through the New YouTube Audio Library

YouTube Logo1Rival service Vimeo launched their Music Store back in 2011, and now just two years later, Google is doing something similar for creators with their YouTube Audio Library. While the Music Store was designed as a way to allow creators to sell or give away their music with certain restrictions, the new YouTube Audio Library is designed to be completely free without any royalties, and the music can be used for any video you create (even outside of YouTube). Check out some samples from the new Audio Library below and read more about how you can use the files.

This is the new YouTube Audio Library Page where you can download the tracks:

A rundown of the new service from the YouTube Creators Blog:

That’s why we’re launching the the YouTube Audio Library today. Any YouTube creator now has access to more than 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks you can use for free, forever, for any creative purpose (not just YouTube videos). You’ll find a link to the library in your video manager and you can browse the tracks by mood, genre, instrument and duration. The tracks can be downloaded as 320 Kbps MP3 files.

About how they got the tracks:

We searched far and wide for musicians to create tracks for us and ended up finding co-conspirators in multiple places: an acquaintance down in LA, music houses across the country and a well-known music producer in Brooklyn. And it turns out the latter produced albums for Phish and Sean Lennon. So, we’re basically rock stars now (or we felt like them for awhile).

Here are a couple of samples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sivJKgbmi-k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfvrUchcTTs

Considering the millions of videos uploaded daily with copyrighted music, and the deep pockets of a company like Google, I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner. YouTube is still by far the biggest video service, but they've been trying to shake their reputation as just a cat video site for quite some time now. While Vimeo has catered to creatives from the start, Google has been a bit slower to cultivate a community. Most recently they've begun sponsored channels and they've been pouring money into certain online celebrities that have gained huge followings, but this is the first time in recent memory that they've been trying to give away something of value for free -- to anyone who wants it, for almost any use.

Most of the tracks sound good enough, right around the same quality you'd find elsewhere for free (though I think there are plenty of fantastic tracks on the Vimeo Music Store that are available completely free and for commercial use). Until they add thousands of tracks, it's just another handy resource if you need a free track that sounds great without any fuss. I'm sure these are going to get overused fairly quickly just like any stock audio, so hopefully we'll see a lot more soon.

It's also probably worth looking at the terms of service for the YouTube Audio Library:

Your use of this music library (including the music files in this library) is subject to the YouTube Terms of Service. Music from this library is intended solely for use by you in videos and other content that you create.

By downloading music from this library, you agree that you will not:

  • Make available, distribute or perform the music files from this library separately from videos and other content into which you have incorporated these music files (but not for standalone distribution).
  • Use music files from this library in an illegal manner or in connection with any illegal content.

In terms of commercial usage, here's what they say:

When submitting videos featuring these tracks for monetization, you may be required to supply additional documentation to show how you own commercial rights to the track. In this case, please include the exact title of the song and a brief statement that you downloaded it from the YouTube Audio Library.

What do you think? Is this something you'd use in your work?

Link: YouTube Audio Library

[via YouTube Creators Blog & IndieWire]

Your Comment

29 Comments

Good, but perhaps 150 songs is a very small library, kind of IKEA products (everybody has the same!). In order not to : ... -ah, another Youtube free track!- more than 1000 tracks at least would be needed IMHO.

September 26, 2013 at 4:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Simon

These are decent. It's nice that they're doing that for creators. It's going to start to be like the iMovie music that everyone uses though and we'll start to hear the same stuff over and over. I personally wouldn't use anything, but it's great for folks who don't have access to better music.

September 26, 2013 at 5:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Steve

About bloody time. If I hear 009 Sound System one more time I MIGHT JUST SNAP.

September 26, 2013 at 6:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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can't wait to tape your reaction :P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WPCLda_erI

October 8, 2013 at 3:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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andrea

I'm more interested in free videos for my album. Any offers?
See how absurd both things are.

September 26, 2013 at 7:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Henry

You're assuming Youtube didn't pay the artists to get the tracks. Which is unlikely. Sure, the artist isn't making a licensing fee, but, this is far from the first time an artist got paid to provide audio for a set fee

September 26, 2013 at 9:06PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Chris

oh, you mean tracks that the copyright droid won't flag every time and make you go thru hoops to prove you are legit in using them.... I quit using music because of their overzealous flagging of music including my own original material. gee, I license myself to use my tracks for whatever I want to do with them !

September 26, 2013 at 8:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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It's the classical music that gets me excited. I was really hoping they would have Wagner's "Ring Cycle Prelude" but to no avail. Anyone know how to go about licensing that track?

September 27, 2013 at 1:29AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Cory

I'm interesting to know what are the products where I can use this music.
reading the youtube statement I cannot find anything relevant about it: can I use it as a background music for the video I shot and edit for a "fashion and lifestile" channel? It's a payed work, but I cannot understand if it is considered as "commercial" and if the license is free also for this kind of work.

On vimeo music store, the free licence except the "commercial" use.
So it would be usefull only for showreel or presonal no-buget production.

I'm happy to read you about not to use the music from this library, I hope more people think the same, so I will use them without too many people using the same music ;-)

September 27, 2013 at 4:19AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Andrea

Interesting enough.

How many have known that youtube has allowed you to put in a huge amount of real music into your videos, as long as they are one of those that are licenced by youtube?

if in doubt, edit your video's on youtube, and go to the sound panel, and do a search for your favourite tracks... some of them will be there...

September 27, 2013 at 5:10AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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September 30, 2013 at 3:25AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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October 26, 2013 at 7:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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October 26, 2013 at 3:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Top tip for getting music for free is to approach bands local to yourself, I licensed one track for our debut feature in return for doing the band a music video (at least half of the footage will be from the film so a very short shoot), the video acts a promo tool for the film and the band plus the band promotes the film as well.

I've also had some success approaching niche electronic artists and in the process of negotiating use of a couple of classic techno tracks from the 90s (which again will boost promotion), on the understanding if the film makes any money I'll pay a licensing fee on the back end. A lot of artists are flattered that you like their music enough to want to use it and also they're willing to help out fellow creatives. Mind you I've gone out of my way to find and use very esoteric, non generic music. I had a list of several tracks I wanted to use and was prepared to not get any of them, some labels weren't interested in helping at all wihtout cash up front. Moral of the story it's always worth emailing someone (or Facebooking them)

Incidentally I did a music video for an artist (paid job) and got the copyright infringement thing on YouTube, appealed it two months ago and still waiting for a response.

November 2, 2013 at 6:38AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Filthy Punt

Hello ! you should have a look also to http://www.musicincloud.com for royalty free music.. made with love, real instruments, and pure Groove !:) :) it's free if you share ! :) enjoy...

November 17, 2013 at 4:35AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Dan

RoyalTrax is another great resource if you're after royalty-free dance music! EDM that can be reused in your videos but RoyalTrax includes proof screenshots and all songs are free to download.

http://youtube.com/royaltrax or RoyalTrax.com

November 21, 2013 at 9:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Hey ! We also just began our christmas collection of royalty free music ! Real instruments, real atmosphere... :)
check it here : http://www.musicincloud.com/cat/royalty-free-music/all/christmas/

November 27, 2013 at 2:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Dan

We've written a few articles about using music on YouTube including copyright issues and using free music. Worth a read for those new and experienced in the industry: http://www.beatsuite.com/blog/keyword/music+for+youtube

December 16, 2013 at 12:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Well 150 is a beginning ;) i'm pretty sure they will had thousands soon and kill all the small businesses selling royalty free music. Google wants it all, i wouldn't even be surprised that they would do google food one day... they have no pity for small businesses.

January 28, 2014 at 4:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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March 7, 2014 at 10:54AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Steve, I'm curious...where would one to that doesn't have access to music like u mention. I am starting a Youtube channel and need something really powerful for an intro video.

March 15, 2014 at 10:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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You might also try MusicRevolution.com http://www.musicrevolution.com , an innovative online marketplace for royalty-free music with over 30,000 affordable, high-quality tracks. MusicRevolution.com has also created this page of royalty-free music tracks that are absolutely free to use on YouTube and for other purposes: http://www.musicrevolution.com/free_production_music/ I am the co-founder.

May 24, 2014 at 9:15AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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It's worth checking out The Beat Orchard for tracks that are free to use in YouTube videos http://www.beatorchard.com. There is a search function where you can specify whether the track is registered with a PRO or not. http://www.beatorchard.com

June 16, 2014 at 1:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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August 9, 2014 at 3:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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September 19, 2014 at 5:33AM, Edited September 19, 5:33AM

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sandra
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March 11, 2016 at 5:43AM, Edited March 11, 5:43AM

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jason
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So.....Does this mean Im free to use these music in commercial projects? Ive been doing some videos for companies and schools and the music I use in them is royalty free (In this cases I buy the licence since it is required for commercial uses) but then I ran into this option (youtube audio library) and of course I found it great since I would be saving some money..!! lol so...again, Am I free to use this music for corporate videos etc etc....? outside youtube....

April 4, 2016 at 2:40PM, Edited April 4, 2:40PM

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Hello ! Hey if you're fed up with the youtube library try this one : http://www.danmusicbox.com
it's free if you put the credit... :) enjoy

September 20, 2017 at 3:35PM, Edited September 20, 3:35PM

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December 7, 2017 at 2:14AM, Edited December 7, 2:13AM

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