Choosing Music to Stream on Twitch

Most people have most questions about Twitch- can this be an area for listening to music, for musicians and aspiring music artists? well today, we will get to answer that!

Music has become a grey area on Twitch. To simply answer that, you are not allowed to play any music on your stream. You will need permission from the copyright owner and a license to do so. This is because Twitch is deemed a ‘public place’ and legally in most countries across the world you need a license to be able to play music to an audience.

However, that shouldn’t discourage you in using Twitch for listening to music. What you need to know is how you can choose the right music for your streams! Let’s check this out!

How to Stream Music on Twitch?

Tastes in music are subjective. Regardless of how many people are enjoying your stream’s music, it will always be viewers who dislike it. Moreover, for a streamer, it’s important to be aware of rules regarding the music choice on streams.

The safest way to avoid your streams getting muted and having potential penalties is playing free non-copyright music. But, it is not all that simple. Check these tips below!

Stream Free Music

This is not Spotify, so you have to be extra careful at which music you play at all costs. Make sure to look only for that music that is non-copyright. According to Twitch rules, you can’t broadcast copyright music while streaming. Twitch has a strict audio censoring system that recognizes the illegal use of music. These measures are needed to protect both broadcasters and Twitch brand from any copyright holders’ claims. On Twitch, you also are not allowed to stream:

  • Cover versions of your favorite performers, unless they give you necessary rights,
  • Karaoke or dance parties accompanied by copyright music,
  • Playing music from radio stations, and
  • Performing your DJ sets, unless you have necessary rights for each of them.

What Happen if you Play Copyright Music

If you prefer listening to your favorite groups instead of licensed non-copyright tracks, be ready that your viewers won’t hear them. Twitch automatically mutes sections of archived videos that have copyright audio. In some cases, the muting happens with licensed songs that appear inside the streamed games. In the worst-case scenario, the right owner could file a DMCA claim and your channel could be shut down. Which of course, we wouldn’t want that happening.

Best Tip?

Our best tip? Get advantage of getting Steamerplus to enjoy free streams and music today!