YouTube creates library of free audio to soundtrack videos

26 Sep 2013

Image via Annette Shaff/Shutterstock

YouTube has launched a new Audio Library to give video creators access to more than 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks to provide background music for videos – or whatever they want to create.

These tracks can be used “for free, forever” according to a YouTube Creator Blog post announcing the rollout. And they’re not just for use in YouTube videos either; they can be used “for any creative purpose”.

A link to the library can be found through YouTube’s video manager and tracks are categorised by mood, genre, instrument, duration and favourites, so users can keep tabs on the ones they like most. Users can select a track and then download it as a 320Kbps MP3 file.

YouTube clearly plans to grow the gallery and musicians interested in making contributions are invited to make contact.

YouTube image by Annette Shaff via Shutterstock

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.