ExpiredAudiio.com Lifetime Deal
A new music licensing website, Audiio.com, has recently launched with a very special offer: for a single payment of $199 (about £160) you get lifetime access to the platform and all the licensed music, both existing music and any tracks added.
When you consider most licensing websites charge either a monthly or annual fee (usually around $199 per year) this is a really good offer.
I generally make use of the YouTube Audio library, I find it has a lot of great music with the quality getting a lot better in the last couple of years. However, while good, it still can’t compete with the paid for sites and that’s where this was a no brainer purchase for me.
Audiio allows you to listen to a short clip of any track (about 20-30 seconds) without signing up for an account or making a purchase. Doing so allowed me to hear the quality of tracks and it didn’t take me long to make a purchasing decision!
When browsing you can filter by a certain element, e.g. instrumental only, male or female vocals or genre to name a few. One filter it really needs is track length, at the moment 1 minute tracks are mixed in with 5 minute tracks, but I’ve been assured by Audiio this is being developed at the moment.
You have the ability to listen to tracks in your browser, something I’m doing as I type this, at the moment you’re unable to set the browser playback volume, another suggestion I’ve given them. This would be really useful when you want to try different songs out with your video without downloading them, play in the browser, set the volume so it doesn’t overpower your video and see if the music and video work well together.
A more advanced feature I’d like to see is the ability to search for keywords/phrases in song lyrics, for example you might want a hip hop song that contains the words power and energy.
For a relatively new service, the website is already very polished and there are literally thousands of tracks available, with the promise of more added on a daily basis.
This lifetime offer is available until March 2020 via: https://audiio.com/lifetime
3 months later, was Audiio.com worth it?
Since purchasing the deal in January I’ve been making use of the music available, there is a good selection and a number of tracks have now appeared in videos I’ve created.
The website hasn’t been updated as quickly as I’d like, there is still no sort by duration function and the what’s new playlist hasn’t been updated for almost two weeks (it’s 5 March today, playlist update 23 Feb).
So far I’ve had one copyright claim on YouTube and I’m currently in the process of appealing it. Here’s what’s happened so far, I’ll update this as my appeal progresses.
YouTube Copyright Claim
On 3 March 2020, I upload a review video of some speakers which featured me playing the track One Love by WildOne (Ft Milana May). The same day I received a copyright claim informing me I couldn’t monetise the video.
Pro Tip: Be sure to upload your YouTube video as unlisted and as far in advance of going live as possible. If you get a claim it can take 30 days to resolve.
Appealing the Claim
YouTube has an appeal process, it’s very easy to do. The same day I received the copyright complaint I submitted an appeal. If your video is live this allows your video to continue to earn revenue which is placed in escrow until the outcome of the dispute is finalised.
You’re asked to provide supporting information as part of the appeals process. The information I provided was as follows:
Music licensed via audiio.com
License number: (This is gained from Account -> licenses)
audiio grants you a nonexclusive, worldwide copyright license to download, modify, distribute, and use music from audiio.com for any film and media project, including for commercial purposes.
This appears to cover everything the claimant needs to know. It tells them who I licensed the track from and that it’s for commercial worldwide use and the license number gives them a way to verify the license with audiio.com.
Once submitted YouTube confirm the dispute has been received and that the claimant has 30 days to review the information and take action.
I’m currently waiting on the claimant to respond and will update this post when I have further information.