There are plenty of online music stores offering low-cost royalty-free tracks for online videos. But you know what’s better than low-cost? Free.
This week, YouTube introduced the YouTube Audio Library, a catalog of tracks that can be used in any online video project for free. You can’t beat the price. While Vimeo offers free tracks for non-commercial use, YouTube has no restrictions.
The library isn’t huge — it has over 150 tracks — but YouTube says it will grow over time. All music is recorded at 320Kbps and downloadable as MP3 files. Search the library by genre (ambient, dance/electronic, pop, and more) or mood (bright, dramatic, inspirational, and more). You can also find tracks by duration (the longest, the finale of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, is over 23 minutes long) or by the featured instrument.
YouTube didn’t just buy the rights to existing tracks to make its free library. No, it created these tracks from scratch using professional musicians.
To get to the tracks, you’ll need to sign into your YouTube account, go to your Dashboard, then select Creation Tools from the left-hand column.
Finding decent music to use is a challenge, and paying for tracks is a burden for small businesses, so it’s nice to see YouTube offering the tools video makers need. Try the Audio Library and leave a comment below letting us know what you think about it.