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Biggest Mistakes YouTubers Make When Using Music

As a content creator, you know that using the right music in your videos can add that extra pizzazz and make your content stand out. But hold your horses! Before you start jamming out to your favorite tunes, you need to be aware of the pitfalls of using music in your content.

Nobody wants their videos taken down or to end up being sued just for using a single song in their video (like what happened to Mr. Beast, PewDiePie, and Ninja). So, let's take a look at some of the most common mistakes that creators make and how to avoid them.

Mistake #1: Using copyrighted music without permission. Picture this: you've just finished editing your latest video, and it's fire! You add your favorite hit song to the background, hit publish, and BOOM! A copyright strike! Not cool. Platforms like YouTube and Facebook have content ID systems that can detect copyrighted materials used in videos. So, if you want to avoid the legal hounds from coming after you, make sure to obtain proper permission or licensing before using that catchy tune. Licensing can quickly become expensive, which is why we always recommend using StreemTunes music for your content needs.

Mistake #2: Trusting "DMCA safe" or "copyright free" or "no copyright" music that you find online. Free music? Yes, please! But hold up. Just because you found a track on a free music website or library doesn't mean it's safe to use. Even if they tell you it is. Just look at what happened when PewDiePie told everyone his song was safe to use. Spoiler: it wasn't safe to use. As well, even if you use this music, there are often restrictions in place about how you can use the music, on what platforms, commercial use, and for how long. Just take a look at YouTube Creator Music, which has a ton of restrictions on how the music can be used. Additionally, you may be required to credit the song owner/writer in your content. StreemTunes music has none of these restrictions or requirements in place, which is why it is the best source of music for creators in the world.

Plus, using music from random free sources is like playing Russian Roulette. You never know if that song will be safe to use in future, and a year from now all of your videos could be taken down. All it takes is the owner of the song to change their mind. Yikes! So do your research and only use music from a trusted library that will be safe to use forever.

Mistake #3: Using low quality music. Using low-quality music can significantly impact the overall quality of your YouTube video. If the music is distorted, unclear, or has background noise, it can detract from the viewer's experience. It's important to use high-quality music to ensure that the sound is clear and crisp. Unfortunately most "free" libraries of music, and often the paid libraries are very low-quality. The tracks are not mixed and mastered to today's modern standards, which makes them sound dull, weak, and quiet compared to modern music. If you want your music to stand out, you need to choose a library that prides itself on high-quality modern music, so that you always put your best foot forwards when it comes to your content.

Mistake #4: Not considering the mood and tone of the music. When choosing music for your YouTube video (or TikTok, Twitch stream, Facebook, Insta story or reel, etc.) it's important to consider the mood and tone of the music. The music should match the overall tone of the video, whether it's upbeat and energetic or slow and emotional. Choosing the wrong music can be jarring and take the viewer out of the experience. With well over a dozen genres of awesome music, StreemTunes has got you covered with the perfect song for your content needs. Check out all the different genres here!

Music can make or break your content. Don't be the person who makes these common mistakes and ends up regretting it.


StreemTunes is the world's best source of copyright free and DMCA safe music and all music is 100% free to use. StreemTunes has over 1100 songs in all sorts of styles (LO-FI, Hip-Hop, Synthwave, EDM, Rock, Latin, Trap, Dubstep, Chill Out, Chiptune, Holiday, Content Creator and more). No license fees are required. All you have to do is search for StreemTunes on your favourite music platform and hit play!

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