How to upload music to YouTube Music in 2023

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December 6, 2023

Besides its own music catalog, YouTube Music also allows you to upload up to 100,000 songs to your YouTube Music library. Once your music is uploaded, you can use YouTube Music to play your uploaded music as part of your listening experience. 

In this article, we are going to help you out how to upload local music and songs from streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. to YouTube Music.

How to upload your music to YouTube Music on computer?

To upload your personal music collection to your YouTube Music library, you will need to open music.youtube.com on a computer. Music uploads cannot be completed in the YouTube Music mobile app.

1. Go to music.youtube.com in your browser, log in your YouTube Music account. Drag your songs to any surface or click your profile icon and choose Upload music.

YouTube Music allows you to upload songs in FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, and WMA format.

2. You will see a progress bar indicating your music is uploading.

3. After uploading is finished, you get a confirmation message. Click GO TO LIBRARY.

4. Uploaded songs will be shown under Library – SONGS – Uploads. Your uploaded music may take some time to show up in your library, even after it has been successfully uploaded. 

In order to see your uploads in the YouTube Music app, you must be using the YouTube mobile version 3.51+ or newer. Tap Library again on the Library page and choose Uploads.

To search for music you’ve uploaded, click or tap “Uploads” after searching to view uploaded search results.

Related: How to transfer Spotify music to YouTube Music?

Do I need YouTube Music Premium to upload music?

The ability to upload personal music collection to your YouTube Music library is not a feature that is exclusive to YouTube Music Premium subscribers.

YouTube Music allows all users to upload their personal music collections and enjoy certain benefits like background playback, ad-free listening, and offline playback without a YouTube Music Premium subscription.

However, YouTube Music Premium members have additional benefits, such as the ability to cast uploaded content and play it on smart speakers and Sonos devices.

YouTube Music Premium is a paid subscription service that offers several benefits, including ad-free listening, background playback and offline playback.

What other music services also support uploading personal music collection?

Several other music services also support uploading a personal music collection alongside their streaming catalogs. Here are a few notable examples:

  • Apple Music: Apple Music allows users to upload their personal music files to their iCloud Music Library. This feature, called “iTunes Match,” scans your music library and matches the songs with its existing catalog. Any unmatched songs are uploaded to your iCloud Music Library, and you can access them across your devices.
  • Amazon Music: Amazon Music desktop app offers a feature called “Automatically Import Music From” allowing users to upload their personal music collections to the platform.
  • Spotify: Spotify does offer the option to add local files from your computer or mobile devices to your Spotify library. This means you can include music files that are stored on your device in your Spotify playlists and listen to them through the Spotify app. This feature allows you to have a unified music library within Spotify, combining both their streaming catalog and your personal music files. It’s important to mention that Spotify’s ability to play local files is limited to the devices on which the files are stored. Spotify does not store or sync these local files across different devices like it does with its streaming catalog.

How to upload Apple Music songs to YouTube Music?

Some Apple Music subscribers found that songs downloaded from Apple Music can’t be uploaded to YouTube Music, this is because Apple Music songs are in DRM-protected M4P format and can’t be recognized by YouTube Music. To upload Apple Music songs to YouTube Music, you need to download Apple Music songs to YouTube Music supported format, such as MP3. All you need is Pazu Apple Music Converter.

Related: How to convert Apple Music to MP3?

How to upload Spotify songs to YouTube Music?

Spotify premium users can download music files and storing them on your device. The files are stored in app internal folders and in a custom file format. However, you cannot transfer this music files to other devices, the files are unreadable when you transfer them outside the Spotify app.

Thus, if you want the actual Spotify downloads, you’ll have to use Pazu Spotify Converter, which helps to download songs from Spotify Free/Premium account, and download them to plain music format, like MP3, AAC, etc.

Related: How to convert Spotify to MP3?

Download YouTube Music songs to computer with Pazu YouTube Music Converter

If you want to download YouTube Music songs, albums and playlists to your computer for offline playback, then all you need is Pazu YouTube Music Converter.

1. Run Pazu YouTube Music Converter 

To get started, download, install and run Pazu YouTube Music Converter on your Windows PC, which features a built-in YouTube Music web player.

If you have already purchased a license, click the key icon to register the converter. If not, continue using the trial version.

YouTube Music Converter

You don’t need to sign in to your YouTube Music account.

2. Choose output format

The default output format is M4A. Pazu YouTube Music Converter also supports MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. Click Option button to change output format or output folder if you need. You can also change bitrate, samplerate according to your needs.

YouTube Music Converter settings

3. Add songs

Browse or search to fidn the songs, albums or playlist you want to download. Click the album or playlist you want to download. Then click the red icon to load songs. 

choose YouTube Music playlists

All songs in the playlist/album will be selected by default. You can uncheck the songs you don’t want to get.

choose YouTube Music songs

4. Click Convert button

After selecting the songs, click Convert button to start downloading YouTube Music songs to the format you choose. You will see a progress circle indicating your music is downloading.

convert YouTube Music to MP3

Once the songs have been downloaded, click the folder icon to quickly locate the DRM-free YouTube Music songs in the format you choose. You can then transfer and play it anywhere.

To view or manage all music you’ve downloaded, click the clock icon on the top right corner of the YouTube Music Converter interface. You can also upload downloaded YouTube Music songs to Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.

YouTube Music to MP3 converter