YouTube Royalty Free Music – Tracks You Can Use Even if You Are Not Publishing to YouTube

It gets frustrating when you finally find a track that you want in your podcast and then find out that track has some type of copyright. Even in my rant about Royalty Free Music we find that even though the album says it, music isn’t always royalty free.

YouTube wants to help us with this problem. They just released 150 tracks that are completely free to use for your podcasts, YouTube videos, movie productions, screencasts and many more projects. Within these 150 tracks include Rock, Jazz, Pop, Electronic, Hip-hop, Country and more.

Best part – they download at 320 kbps MP3 files.

It’s part of YouTube’s new Creation Tools area. Right now its filled with music tracks, but I wouldn’t be surprised if video, photos and even after effects and animations might grace this area. This will help filmmakers create better projects that will hopefully end up on YouTube.



From YouTube’s TOS:

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.

Who Cannot Use These YouTube Tracks

If you are planning a major motion picture, you will have to get permission to use any of these tracks. If you are creating videos for “Big Jim’s Blackmarket Gun Imporium”, you won’t be able to use these tracks. You cannot also put it in any CD compilation you make of your short films or podcasts.

Why add Music to Your Podcast?

Music can add mood to your show – give it a bright undertone to whatever you are talking about. The added sounds can knock out any imperfections that podcasters might hear in audio alone. Even more – you might find people watching or listening to your show longer.

Why? Because people don’t have an “exit door” in dead-air. When I used to work as a DJ, we were always told not to have dead air. If a dance floor is hopping, dead air gives them an excuse to go to the bar or head to the next bar.

Same thing with podcasts. A dead air spot could give someone an excuse to move on or stop the video.

So check out the list of songs in the library. I personally have already downloaded 4-5 tracks. I also have the ability to submit a track to be added to YouTube.

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  • TimKail

    Thanks for this, it’s a big help. My big question I can’t seem to find the answer to is this: Can you use these tracks in sponsored content? Like if you’ve got sponsors for your podcast, can you still use a YouTube song by Jingle Punks?