Snaps are a great way to share the best moments of your day. So, do not these moments deserve a sick soundtrack? If you want to add music to your snaps beforehand, you need to find a way to play the songs in the background before recording a snap. This is no longer the case because you can now add songs to your snaps directly in Snapchat itself.
While this news is really exciting for all of us Snapchat users, it is not necessarily so revolutionary. Instagram has had this option for a long time now via Music Sticker, and it has a live text feature to launch. In addition, Instagram’s feature filled with song selection, while Snapchat only has 20 at the time of writing. Still better late than never, Snapchat.
While it first began beta testing the new music feature in Australia and New Zealand, on October 15, 2020, Snap Inc. has begun rolling it out worldwide to all accounts. If you do not see it yet, you should soon. It’s only available on iOS right now, but hopefully it’s coming soon on Android as well.
Step 1: Select a sound
Adding audio is a simple process. To start, open the Snapchat camera, then all you have to do is press the “Sound” button (shaped like a note) at the top right. If you do not see it immediately, press the chevron to expand the menu. You can add a sound before or after a snap. The process is almost identical in both cases, so do not feel the need to redo for a moment if you forget to add a sound first.
When you press the Audio button, you will see a list of selected tracks. Unlike Instagram, you can not search for specific songs – what you see is what you get. That said, according to Snap Inc., the company has contracts with music publishers and labels, so expect to see these options grow.
Snap now has multi-year agreements with major and independent music publishers and labels, including Warner Music Group, Merlin (including its independent label members), NMPA, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Cobalt and BMG Music Publishing. Especially missing from Snapchat Sounds at the moment is Sony Music Entertainment.
You can press the play button next to any song in the list to preview it. If you are happy with the selection, tap “Next” or tap the song itself to add it to your snap.
Step 2: Select a section of the song you want to play
Once the sound has been added, you can adjust the part of the song being played by dragging the waveforms left or right. If you add the sound before taking a snap, you have the option to hear your preview with a play button. Audio added after a snap will not have this button because Snapchat will automatically play the song in your snap preview.
If you add the audio before taking the picture, just record your video or take your photo as you normally would. When you record a video, you can see the sound being played back together. When you take a photo, Snapchat automatically applies the sound to your photo. If you add the sound after take a video, use the tick icon to lock your selection.
Step 3: Edit New Sounds Sticker
Here, the song becomes a sticker that you are free to move around the screen. It behaves just like any other Snapchat sticker, so you can resize it, flip it, attach it, and so on.
Step 4: Remove the sound
If you decide you do not like the sound you selected, it is easy to delete it. Just drag the sticker towards the bottom of the screen, over the trash can icon that appears, then release, and Snapchat will erase the sound from your snap. Alternatively, you can press the Sound button again and select “Delete sound”.
Friends who get your snap, or followers who see it in your story, can swipe up to see more information about the song, such as album art, song title, and artist. They can even click through to listen to the song on their platform, such as Spotify, Apple Music and SoundCloud.
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