How to Upload an Audio File to YouTube

Convert an audio file to a video file in a few simple stepsCombine audio and image files simply, for a format you can upload to YouTube.

OK, maybe the title is a little misleading.  You can’t actually upload an .MP3 or .WAV file to YouTube.  It is very easy, however, to combine an audio file with some images and convert to an .MOV or .WMV file that is perfectly acceptable to YouTube.  Here’s How:

Windows Users:

  1.  Download and install Windows Live Movie Maker.
  2. Open it and create a new project.
  3. Click on “Add Videos and Photos” and select the photos you want to use.
  4. Click on “Add Music” and select the WMA or MP3 audio file.
  5. Then, click on the “Project” tab and click on “Fit to music”
  6. Go to  File> Save Movie> Recommended for this project and Save.

Now you have a .wmv file that can be uploaded to YouTube.

Mac Users:

  1. In iMovie, create a new project.
  2. Drag an image file to the project area.
  3. Drag an audio file to the project area.
  4. Adjust the image duration to that of the audio file by clicking on the “gear” icon in the left corner of the image thumbnail and click adjustments.  Enter a length equal to your audio track.
  5. Share>Export Using QuickTime and give it a name.
  6. Click “Options” and choose:
    • Compression Type: H.264
    • Frame Rate: 30 is preferred. 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 are also acceptable.
    • Data Rate: Automatic
    • Key Frames: Automatic
    • Frame Reordering: Unchecked
  7. Make the following changes to Audio or Sound settings:
    • Format: AAC
    • Click Show advanced settings and choose Constant Bit Rate as encoding strategy.
  8. Select Size and choose the original size of the video.
  9. The section Prepare for Internet Streaming must be set to Fast Start.

Now upload your .MOV file to YouTube.

About the Author Alisa Meredith (311 Posts)

As co-owner and chief inbound marketing consultant at Scalable Social Media, Alisa Meredith spends a lot of time keeping up with online marketing trends for the benefit of our customers. Computers have been a passion of hers since her first T1-99, so inbound and social media marketing is a natural fit.


  1. Thanks, Alisa. I’m actually going to use your tip to merge the audio interview I’m doing this morning with a freelance editor named Marcela into a video so that I can upload it on Youtube. I was trying to figure it out. We wanted to do a Google Hangout but were having technical issues so we decided just to do a good old fashioned phone interview instead. I was trying to figure out how to upload the audio on Youtube so I appreciate the tips.

  2. Alisa Meredith

    Glad to help, Jeff! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Phew! Thanks for this – you’ve just bailed me out with a problem I was also having with audio files ! Found you via a Google search BTW.

  4. Alisa Meredith

    So glad I could help, Charles! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Ajesh Thomas

    thanks a lot….it’s going to help me a lot…to spread the great message of the Bible

  6. Angie Kaye

    I was wondering if this could involve copy write problems at all even if I upload an image with music by lets say evanescence?

  7. Thankyou kindly Alisa. You made it so easy for me. Many many thanks. Robin

  8. sean

    Hi Alisa – thanks so much for this! I’m still having a problem – I’m using iMovie and the image I’m using is 1920 x 1080p. There seems to be a default setting in iMovie that is making the image slowly zoom-in instead of remaining static. By the time the song finished the image is in the correct aspect ratio, but I can’t figure out how to stop it from starting in the zoomed-in view. I’ve turned off – any idea how to turn this off?


  9. Alisa Meredith

    Oh boy, Sean, I’m afraid that is out of my league. I don’t have iMovie. Sounds odd, though. Sorry I can’t help!

  10. Peter

    These instructions don’t work in the 2014 Mac iMovie. There is no “gear,” so no way to adjust length of photo to be added to audio clip.

  11. Thanks Alisa, for sharing this tip, it worked for me.

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  21. hi,

    thanks for the instruction, i tried your instructions but the file size balloons from 100mb audio file to 500mb mp4 youtube file? how can i keep the file size in check?

    please advise?

  22. Rakesh Gupta

    thank you…. i needed to share some of my study notes in audio format with wider audience on youtube, the information here served my purpose.


  23. Fool

    I read your advice nd then downloaded the app. But I could not get the audio and visual to integrate.. I had the image moving slowly across the screen or the audio playing to a black screen.One or the other. What a waste of an evening, not to mention 17 bucks.

  24. You can use to convert your audio file to a video that shows a cover image. It’s free and doesn’t ask for any information.

  25. Bhujanga Rao Tammisetti

    Greetings of the day!…
    I prepared a power point show with a few slides with some matter on each slide. I had separately made Audio files for all these Video matter files and I mixed the Audio files to Video slides and saved it as a Power point show. So far, this is all okay with Audio and Video.
    Then, I had made it ready through Wondershare PPT Video Pro for uploading on the YouTube. Thereafter, I uploaded the file on YouTube. It had successfully been done. The Video part became successful. But, to my surprise, I couldn’t find Audio file. I mean- these in no Audio sound on turning on it. Why it had happened so is quite uncertain to me. Actually, I want to upload many video (with Audio) files on You Tube. Please let me know how to move ahead in this respect, sir.

  26. Samara

    thank you very much.. Its very important for me… Now, I am going to create an audio file to upload this in youtube… 😉

  27. lloyd

    Hi i wanna Know upto how much large audio file you can upload, is there any limit of audio file that can be uploaded

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