Twitch Launches Royalty-free Music Library for Streamers

Twitch Launches Royalty-free Music Library for Streamers

The popular video gaming livestreaming platform, Twitch TV, has recently launched its own library of music that streams will be able to use for free. This means that streamers wanting to player music during their broadcasts won’t have to worry about finding royalty-free tracks on their own, or worry about paying for licensing fees or copyright. These tracks will be available to broadcasters to be used “ exclusively on the Twitch platform within broadcasters’ video streams.”

While still in Beta, the Twitch Music Library currently hosts over 500 tracks for users to play in the background of their livestreams. Recognized names such as Monstercat are featured in the library, and the artists that are listed have links to Twitch TV-curated playlists on both Spotify and Soundcloud. Interested parties (such as music labels or copyright holders) are welcomed to contribute to the library as well, although they would need a minimum of 250,000 followers on either YouTube, Facebook or Twitter in order to apply.

Even though the company has opened up a more convenient alternative for streamers to play music during their sessions, Twitch TV assures that its “ commitment to gaming remains unchange.”

“Music on Twitch does not come at the expense of all the awesome gaming channels and events we support. We are pursuing this expansion because we think bringing artists, producers, and labels together with gamers will make both even better,” Twitch TV explained in an FAQ on the matter.

“Demonstrating that gamers are valuable to music artists and labels is important for the future growth of Twitch and the larger gaming industry.”

However, the introduction of royalty-free music doesn’t mean that you’ll be allowed to turn your Twitch channel into a radio station–such a program is currently “reserved on a very limited basis for approved music labels.” The streaming platform also promised that it’ll continually maintain the list as best as possible. It’s also worth noting that some tracks may be removed in the future, but if you have an archived stream with a removed song in it, it’ll still play with the audio intact; future streams after the removal of the track will no longer have access to it.

To reiterate: You’ll only be able to play the tracks featured in the Twitch Music Library on Twitch TV only, as it has been cleared for royalty-free purposes. If you export a VOD to YouTube with Twitch’s partnered music in it, your video may be subjected to the website’s Content ID system. You can read more on the Twitch Music Library via the source links below.

[ Sources: Twitch TV (1) (2) ]

[ Via: GameZone ]

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