How to Add and Edit Album Metadata for Songs in YouTube Music

YouTube Music is a popular streaming service that allows you to listen to music and podcasts. It has a library of over 80 million official songs, albums, videos, and playlists. You can also upload your own music library to YouTube Music.

When you upload your songs, you may want to add or edit metadata like the album name, artist name, genre, etc. Proper metadata allows YouTube Music to organize your songs better and improves searchability.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to add and edit metadata for your uploaded songs in YouTube Music:

Uploading Songs to YouTube Music

The first step is to upload your songs to YouTube Music if you haven’t already. Here’s how:

  1. Open the YouTube Music app on your phone or visit music.youtube.com on your desktop.
  2. Click on your profile picture at the top right.
  3. Select “Upload music” from the menu.
  4. Choose the songs you want to upload from your computer or phone storage.
  5. YouTube Music will start uploading your songs. The time taken depends on the number and size of songs.

Once uploaded, your songs will appear in the “Uploads” section of your YouTube Music library.

Viewing and Editing Song Metadata

You can view and edit metadata for each uploaded song as follows:

On Mobile

  1. In the Library tab, tap on “Uploads”
  2. Tap on the 3-dot menu next to a song
  3. Select “Edit song info”
  4. View and edit metadata like artist, album name, genre, etc.
  5. Tap “SAVE” once done

On Desktop

  1. Click on your profile picture > “Library”
  2. Select “Uploads” from the left sidebar
  3. Right-click on a song
  4. Choose “Edit song info”
  5. View and edit metadata like artist, album name, genre, etc.
  6. Click “SAVE” once done

The key metadata fields you can edit are:

  • Title: The song name
  • Artist: The song artist
  • Album artist: The main artist for the album
  • Album: The album name
  • Genre: Musical genre like Pop, Rock, Jazz etc.
  • Year: Year of release
  • Artwork: Album cover image

Adding Metadata When Uploading

When initially uploading songs, it’s better to add metadata right away instead of editing it later.

Here is how to add metadata during upload:

On Mobile

  1. Tap the “Upload music” button
  2. Select the songs to upload
  3. Tap on “Add metadata”
  4. Add metadata like song title, album, genre etc.
  5. Tap “Upload” to start upload

On Desktop

  1. Click “Upload music” and choose your songs
  2. Tick the box saying “Add metadata to my uploads”
  3. Add metadata like song title, album, genre etc.
  4. Click “Open” to start upload

Adding metadata during the upload process saves time instead of editing metadata for each song later.

Why Proper Metadata Matters

Proper metadata for your uploaded songs is important for the following reasons:

  • Organization: Metadata allows YouTube Music to categorize your songs better based on artist, album, genre etc. This keeps your library nice and organized.
  • Searchability: Songs with proper titles and artist names have better chances of showing up when users search for them.
  • Listen Counts: With correct metadata, listen counts for songs, albums and artists will be more accurate.
  • Royalties: Accurate metadata ensures your songs are attributed properly if they are monetized, improving your royalty payouts.

Make sure to put some effort into entering song details during upload. Fix any incorrect metadata later if needed.

Tips for Effective Metadata

Here are some tips to ensure your song metadata is effective:

  • Get the artist name, song title, and album name absolutely correct. Even small typos can prevent songs from being identified properly.
  • Enter the release year accurately. If a song is part of an album, use the album’s release year.
  • For artist name, use the format “Firstname Lastname” instead of “FirstnameLastname” or “Lastname, Firstname”.
  • Choose the right primary genre from the list. You can also enter multiple genres separated by commas.
  • Double check that the album cover image matches the album and is of good quality.
  • Enter romanized metadata for songs in other languages so more people can find them.

Proper metadata right from upload will ensure your YouTube Music library stays well-organized as it grows.

Summary

Here are the key points about managing metadata for uploaded songs:

  • Upload songs to YouTube Music via mobile app or desktop site
  • View and edit song metadata in uploads section
  • Add metadata when initially uploading songs
  • Proper metadata improves organization, searchability, counts and royalties
  • Enter accurate titles, artists, genres etc. during upload
  • Fix any incorrect metadata later if needed

I hope this guide helps you add rich metadata to your uploaded songs on YouTube Music. Let me know if you have any other questions!