While Twitch has strict guidelines for the songs you can play on stream, there are plenty of free music options that cover a range of genres. Some of the most popular royalty free platforms on the market include Jingle Punks Music, Pretzel Rocks, and MonsterCat.
With DMCA takedowns becoming more regular and bans being handed out after three strikes, it is important that you keep your channel protected by playing copyright free music on your stream.
Best Websites For Copyright Free Music
1. Jingle Punks Music
Jingle Punks Music can be accessed through StreamLabs OBS’ App store for $4.99 per month (there is a free trial). It grants you access to their library of no-copyright music of over 100,000 songs in over 100 categories. The music sounds professional and clearly mimics the genre of your choice. You have the option of using their pre-made playlists or creating your own.
As this app is created with streamers in mind, there are a couple of great features. The first is that you can set up customized notifications for your steam when the song changes. You can also set up the music so that your audience hears it, but you don’t. This is helpful when you are gaming and you must pay attention to in-game sounds or Discord.
2. Pretzel Rocks
Pretzel Rocks is another popular platform that provides DMCA-safe music for your broadcasts. It is free to use but requires mandatory chat attribution unless you get the premium plan. The plan costs $4.99 per month and gives you a Discord role and access to support. 70% of the fees go to the musicians who recorded the songs.
3. Stream Beats by Harris Heller
Harris Heller of Alpha Gaming has released over 6 hours of music that he allows streamers to use for free on their channels. A streamer himself, he understands the difficulty in finding good music that you can use without the risk of DMCA strikes.
Incompetech provides a large variety of music that you can download and arrange to play on your stream. You can use the songs for free with attribution. To avoid attribution, you must pay $20 per track. Paid licenses allow you to use the song in any project you like for life.
You can broadcast Monstercat’s music on your live-stream for $5 per month. If you don’t plan to monetize your channel, you can use it for free. The service is available for Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer streamers. To listen to their music, visit their own Twitch channel.
SoundStripe has two premium plans to let you access their weekly-updated music library. The first is $11.25 per month and includes unlimited music licenses and playlists. The second is $21 per month. It gives you the same features as the first, plus over 30,000 sound effects that you can use during your stream. Additionally, it offers pre-released music, and over a thousand songs with stems.
Royalty-Free YouTube Channels You Can Play On Stream
In addition to these platforms and apps, there are a few channels on YouTube that offer royalty-free music. Some ask for attribution. You can also create your own playlists from songs on these channels to use during your broadcast. Consider reaching out to other YouTubers who compose original music. Ask them if they are willing to work with you and let them know how you can help support their channel.
Here are seven channels that you can currently use for music:
Royalty Free Music – No Copyright Music
The name explains it all. This channel has hundreds of songs in several genres. You can use one of their playlists or create your own for your stream.
Adrian von Ziegler
Adrian von Ziegler is a composer from Switzerland who creates fantasy and celtic-styled music. He kindly allows anyone to use his music with proper attribution. He does ask for you to purchase the music first, but you can use it in your projects. He clearly states his terms in the top comments of his music. Please read them if you choose to work with him.
Audio Library Plus
Audio Library Plus is another YouTube channel similar to Royalty-Free Music. They are continually adding songs in several genres for you use.
NCS 24/7 Live Stream
This stream began November 22, 2017. It plays Dubstep, Trap, EDM, Electro House on a channel dedicated to “Gaming Music.”
Kevin MacLeod has composed over 2,000 songs and has made most of them available for common use.
Johnny Easton is an amazing pianist who has composed several songs. He is happy to share his music with attribution. Read his About section on YouTube for more information.
Josh Woodard is a song-writer, musician, and vocalist. He allows you to download and use his music with attribution.
Copyrighted Music Limits What You Can Do With Your Content
While the Twitch music policy (as well as other platforms) may be more lenient toward your content, other apps and companies will put strikes against you for copyrighted music. If you are interested in using clips from your streams for YouTube collaborations, you must make sure to use royalty-free music. YouTube is very strict with their music policy and non-compliance could get you a strike on your account.
Browse Twitch’s Music & Performing Arts directory for artists creating original content. If you enjoy their style, reach-out them and ask them if they would allow you to use some of their music with attribution. Let them know your style of broadcast and how you can help them in return. You may be able to find collaborators in an entirely different category as your own!
How to Stream Any Music on Twitch or Mixer
If we still haven’t convinced you to refrain from playing any music while you stream, you may be able to reduce the number of times your streams are impacted. Most of the mutes come from an audio recognition software used by the platform. If you keep the music quieter than the rest of your stream and continually keep talking, the bot may not pick up on the infringement.