Have you started streaming from your Playstation and want to play some music during your stream? When it comes to streaming music there are some rules you need to follow if you don’t want to get your account banned on Twitch or Youtube.
Chances are you have seen other streamers you watch playing music on their stream, as this is pretty common on Twitch. But is it actually allowed and can you do it on the Playstation?
Can you play music while streaming from your Playstation? No, the Playstation does not have functionality to play music and stream at the same time.
Let’s jump in and take a deeper look.
Can I Play Music While Streaming On The Playstation 4/5?
The quick answer is no. The Playstation does not have the functionality to play any music while you are streaming.
Unfortunately the Spotify app will not run while you are streaming and you are unable to play CDs or music from a USB stick during a stream.
If you want to play music while you are streaming you will have to play it through another external device such as your PC.
Am I Allowed To Play Music While Streaming On Playstation?
The short answer is no. You are not allowed to play copyright music on on Twitch or Youtube while streaming. If you do you risk getting a DMCA strike for every copyrighted song you play on your stream. If you get three strikes your channel can be completely banned.
That’s why the best thing to do is use non copyright music that won’t get copyright claimed.
Below are some places you can access non-copyrighted music that you can play without getting strikes on your channel.
We mentioned Streambeats earlier in the article so I won’t touch on it much more.
- Free musics in multiple genres
- Can stream on Spotify
- Limited number of songs
Epidemic sound is a premium platform with a wide range of songs available to use on stream or in your Youtube clips. You get a full license to use the songs in your videos.
They operate on a monthly subscription model but you can get a 30 day free trial to check it out.
They have over 32,000 tracks you can play on your stream so a little more than the Free Streambeats alternative.
You will also be able to monetise your Youtube videos with these songs without risky copyright strikes on your channel.
Soundtrack By Twitch
Twitch has also released their own copyright free music platform called soundtrack.
It also has a wide selection of songs in multiple genres. Twitch have opened up the platform to allow artists to submit their music for use. This is great for smaller artists who want to get some exposure and gives us songs we can play.
What Do I Do If I Can’t Play Music?
If you don’t want to play non-copyrighted music then you should focus on improving your entertainment value during the stream. This means interacting with chat as much as possible, making jokes around the game/plays your making in the game.
Even if you don’t have any viewers you should still be chatting. If someone comes to your stream and your just silently sitting there chances are they won’t stay for very long.
It’s important to be “putting on a show” even when no one is watching. It may be hard to do this when you first start but you will eventually get better and better over time.
Other Streamers Are Playing Copyrighted Music & Haven’t Been Banned?
Chances are you see lots of smaller streamers playing music on their streams. You are probably asking yourself why they haven’t been banned yet.
Lots of small streamers slip through the cracks right now and get away with playing copyrighted music but this doesn’t mean you should do it. The music companies are getting better at detecting infringed content and will likely start clamping down on everyone very soon.
Playing music on your stream risks getting your account banned and even worse potentially you getting sued. It is a much safer option to go with no music or play copyright free tracks from the list above.
So now you know you can’t play music from your Playstation while streaming. If you do decide to play music from an external device make sure you are playing non-copyright music.
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