YouTube Content ID music distribution

How does YouTube Content ID work when you upload songs to a digital music distributor like RouteNote?

Wondering how to make money from your music on YouTube? Make sure your music distributor offers YouTube Content ID service when you upload your tracks.

What is YouTube Content ID?

YouTube Content ID is an automatic system that makes sure artists, labels and copyright holders get the credit for their music on YouTube and ensures you get paid when your music is used in user-generated videos. It’s something that RouteNote offers for no extra charge – with our free music distribution, putting your music online won’t cost a thing.

How does YouTube Content ID service work?

Every time someone uses your music in their video, even if it’s just a small clip of your song, YouTube Content ID will find it. Once your music has been approved, YouTube Content ID scans the entirety of YouTube looking for any instances of your music being used in videos on the platform.

The system will then monetise the video by running ads alongside it. It’s not a copyright strike, so there’s no effect on the uploader’s channels.

How do I get YouTube Content ID for my music?

At RouteNote we make use of YouTube Content ID to generate revenue for your releases through us. It doesn’t cost you a penny extra. YouTube Content ID is an automated system – just tick the box in the stores section when you submit your music, and we’ll collect money on your behalf.

When you distribute your music for free using RouteNote you keep 85% of the revenue generated through plays on YouTube as well as our other partners, which include streaming services like Amazon Music and Spotify and social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram. Our Premium distribution lets you keep 100% of earnings for a small fee. It’s up to you which tier you choose – and you can switch or leave at any time.

Head here to find out more about how RouteNote can help you monetise your music online for free.

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    Why some releases are not suitable to be sent to Content ID services like YouTube Content ID? Is there something wrong with the release? If there is then what is it? Please let me know thank you.

    This is bullshit. I’ve been trying to upload multiple songs which meets all given criteria and all have been rejected by Routenote moderation for no reason. Useless service.

    Hi Gabor, we wouldn’t disallow music for no reason. We have certain guidelines that need to be met for music that brings releases in line with the policies of our partners. If you’d like to ask more about why your music might not have been accepted, you can get in touch with us at and include the UPC of your release(s).

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