Friday, July 8, 2011

How do you add music to the YouTube AudioSwap library?

So you want to add your new music to YouTube's Audioswap library...

 Someone asked me how to add their music to YouTube's AudioSwap library. YouTube licenses music from distributors which have distribution contracts with artists or publishers. Music distribution companies can ask to join the Audioswap program. Individuals do not seem to be able to join at this time.

 If you want your music on Audioswap, you have two choices. First, you can research distribution companies to find a company that is already part of the Audioswap program, and then sign a contract to have them distribute your music. Second, you can form your own distribution company and then ask Google if your company can join the Audioswap program.

 According to this article on YouTube's blog, one Audioswap distributor is Rumblefish. The Music Snob blog has two articles on Rumblefish's licensing process ([1], [2]). I haven't tried this process, yet. Your mileage may vary.

 [Update] Boooo! Horatiu Indrei emailed to say that Rumblefish told him that they are "no longer accepting music submissions for AudioSwap". Please comment if you know of anyone at Google that can provide the list of distributors from which they license AudioSwap content. Thanks!