How to Upload Music to YouTube

By Phil Hoops

Recently YouTube, despite primarily being a video sharing website, has become a community for people to upload music onto. After your music is uploaded, it is accessible to individuals from all over the globe. Unfortunately, YouTube does not recognize common audio file extensions, such as .mp3, .mp4, .aac and so forth. Therefore, you cannot upload your tracks directly from your computer to the website's servers. Instead, you must first convert the audio files into video files that YouTube can recognize.

Things You'll Need

  • Video editing software

Step 1

Open Windows Live Movie Maker or the video editing software of your choosing. Add a picture to your film reel by clicking the "Add Photos and Video" option. Browse for a picture on your computer that is relevant to the song you are uploading. For instance, if uploading one of your band's songs, it would be a good idea to use a photo of your band performing.

Step 2

Click on the "Add Music" tab on the task bar. Browse for the song that you intend to upload and import it. Select the "Fit to Music" option to ensure that your video will run for the duration of the audio file that you chose. Choose the bitrate that you feel is needed for the file, and export the video as a .wmv (Windows Media Video) file using your program's built-in encoder. Keep in mind that the higher the quality of a file is, the longer it will take to upload to YouTube's servers.

Step 3

Open your web browser and navigate to YouTube. From the home page, click on the "Upload Video" link. In the pop-up window, browse to the video that you have just created and upload it. The uploading process will begin automatically.

Step 4

Tag your songs by entering keywords in the blank field that appears after your upload completes. Choose words that pertain to the song, such as the name of the artist and the title of the song. This will make it easier for others to find your music. Share your music with your friends and family by clicking the "Share" button underneath your video. You will be given a URL link to your video, which you can copy and paste into emails or Facebook profiles.

Tips & Warnings

  • When uploading music onto YouTube, ensure that you own the rights to the song or have written permission from the owner to upload it.