Finding the right music for a YouTube video is a real struggle. Maybe you’ve recorded and edited a video, but you don’t know which background sound you should or can add. Maybe you’re still hesitating on which song to use to enhance your shot. Or unfortunately, you might have already faced one of your videos being blocked or demonetized by YouTube. So, here are some insights that guides you through the effectively usage of royalty free music.

Why can’t I use any music on YouTube?

If YouTube has already blocked one of your videos because of copyright claims, you know only too well that you can’t use any music on that platform. For a quick historical and technical reminder: in 2007, YouTube introduced an ambitious system called “Content ID”. They updated to improve its efficiency since then. “Content ID” is a so-called fingerprint system. Basically, YouTube has a huge database of songs and audio files. Whenever you post a video, the algorithm compares the audio with all files available in its database. If Content ID finds a match, there are few scenario cases: the owner of the content can allow the video to stay on YouTube in the exchange of the entirety of the generated revenues; or YouTube can simply shutdown the video. Also remember that in addition to the Content ID, companies can manually report copyright infringement to YouTube.

In short, you’ve understood that if you want to thrive on YouTube, you definitely need to find a consistent and reliable source of music, in line with YouTube legal frame.

How royalty free music works?

Good thing is that a legal alternative has been developed for online creators, which is royalty free music. Royalty free music works quite simply: you pay initial fees to get the right to use a music on your video on YouTube. After that you won’t have to pay extra fees related to views, number of broadcasting and the revenues made by the video. The idea is to introduce a simpler model compared to the traditional copyright systems where the author gets revenue each time his/ her work is broadcasted .

But you need to pay attention to the license you choose, because all the licenses do not offer the same legal permissions. Depending on the price, you’ll be able to broadcast your content wider globally, for a longer period of time . Also, you can generate more profit from it. However, some licensing can be restricting sometimes.

Can I use something else than royalty free music for my YouTube video?

You totally can ! Royalty free music is not the only alternative to use great audio for your work. You can find “copyright-free” sounds on renowned platforms (the YouTube Editor allows you to browse free sounds to use for example). But if you’re looking for a music in particular, or simply want to use higher quality sounds, you can go towards online libraries specialized in professional music licensing. Note that the cost of a music license differs a lot from a library to another.

BAM Music provides professional as well as amateur creators with more than 30 000 tracks for licensing. The catalog is diverse and offers music from every genre. Its user-friendly license system allows creators to find the sound that suits perfectly their creation for the reasonable pricing. You can start to download any sound you want right now by registering for free here. Enhance your creation with the best sound!