YouTube once managed to outshine Google by 5.3% in terms of site visits in 2015, making it the second most visited site on the web – next to Facebook.
This is the first of its kind that featured user-generated content. More so, this happens to have the biggest source of videos online which is why many people look up YouTube for varied video materials. Being owned by Google certainly has its advantages too because when people search for certain keywords on Google, this also suggests related YouTube videos.
YouTube is popular for many reasons. For one, this is very user-friendly and is readily accessible on any devices – laptop, PC, tablet, or smartphones. You can also follow your favorite celebrities on their YouTube channels. There are also tons of music videos and even full movies that you can watch right on YouTube.
Uploading videos used to be very expensive and technically a chore, but YouTube changed all that. If you are going to use commercially sourced music as background for your YouTube videos without asking any permission, then you could be in violation of the US copyright law. In this particular scenario, the music rights holder could issue a copyright claim on the video uploaded and YouTube could take it down or the audio might be stripped from the video material.
One free, quick, and legal way to add music to your YouTube videos is to use the YouTube Audio Library to select and get free music and sound effects that you can integrate on your videos. There are over 150,000 songs to choose from and you can easily check out details of the songs such as the artist/band name and duration of the audio clip.
Here are the steps on how to add music to your YouTube videos:
- Go to YouTube and log in to your account.
- Open the video manager to check on the lists of your uploaded videos.
- Click on the Edit button right next to the chosen video.
- Select Audio. You can now check out the list of all available music tracks.
- Search by category or with using a keyword to narrow down search results. To be sure that the music length will be in sync with your video, choose the option Only Show Songs of a Similar Length to this Video, so you will generate music that has the same duration as your video.
- Click on your song selection so you can preview it on your video.
- Dragging the bar that can be found at the bottom of the video will help adjust the music according to your preferences. You can choose to hear both music or choose Only Music if you’d be using solely that for audio effects.
- Using the Position Audio button, you can adjust the audio and choose where the music should begin and end in the duration of the video. Click on Done Positioning so you can save changes.
- Click on Save or Save As New Video when you’re done adding music to your YouTube video