Tools to manage music in your videos

Tools to manage music in your videos:

Audio Library

Look for music that’s free for you to download and use on YouTube- great for background music and sound effects! Learn more here.

Audio swap tool

You can use this tool to add music to your video from our free Audio Library. If your video contains copyrighted audio that has been claimed by Content ID, you can also use the tool to replace the selected audio portion of your video with a track from our Audio Library.

Mute Song tool

If your video has been claimed for a copyright owner’s music, in some cases, you can remove the song and the restrictions that come with it. This can be done by muting the portion of your video where the claimed audio appears, or by muting just the song while keeping the background audio intact, if eligible.

Tips:
  • Be smart on your phone. Just because you record something doesn’t mean you always own the copyright for what it contains. For example, if you record concert footage, certain rights to the material could be held by the performer, music label, or publisher.
  • Cover your covers. If you perform a cover song, make sure you have permission from the copyright owners (i.e., songwriter or music publisher). You may need additional licenses to reproduce the original sound recording, include the song in a video, or display the lyrics. Learn more about covers here.