Last year, Twitch implemented an automated music system to scan for copyright infringement on livestreams. The system resulted in thousands of flagged streams with half-hour chunks of muted audio when viewed in archived form. Earlier this year, the streaming service launched an attempt to give streamers a non-muted musical alternative with Twitch Music, a library of music that helps users know 100% what music is okay for streaming on Twitch. The initial library launched with less than 500 songs, but now the cleared selection has grown to include over 1,000 tracks.
While most of the initial selection consisted mostly of EDM, the expanded music list now includes hip hop and metal. The diversification of the sounds is certainly welcome, as is the curation of playlists for streamers who are unsure where to start with a library of unfamiliar artists.
The music in the Twitch Music seems to be hosted primarily on Soundcloud and Spotify, so check it out when you get a chance and create a playlist of your own that won't be muted when you watch your past broadcasts.