Many Roblox players are noticing that Roblox has changed its settings related to in-game sounds. Previously, the rules weren’t strict and anyone could use anyone’s sound files in their games. So, why did Roblox remove all audios now? Here’s everything you need to know.
Why did Roblox Remove Audios?
In a nutshell, Roblox has removed audios/music from experiences because of the new & major privacy settings changes. This has been done to protect the rights of the content creator and most likely, also to protect the platform from copyright-related issues.
Roblox Removing Music and SFX Assets
As per the post on Devforum, there are some important changes to audio privacy on the Roblox platform.
- All new audio that’s uploaded will be private (starting from March 22, 2022).
- Existing audio that’s longer than 6 seconds will also be set to private.
- All audio uploads are free but there are monthly limits on how many audio assets can be uploaded.
- ID verified accounts get the chance to upload 100 audio assets every month but by default, you can upload up to 10 files.
- There’s a new Audio Discovery Plugin that will let creators review the audio asset ownership.
- Also, creators can get a curated list of rights-cleared songs and professionally produced SFX from top music partners. More coming soon.
For many, this is a good change because it helps the content creator’s rights and the distribution of their creations can be managed better. Overall, Roblox’s audio and sound quality will see a significant improvement with this update. Plus, the copyright issues that the platform has been facing have most likely played a role in this change.
But for another section of players, it seems like a bad decision primarily due to the impact on the work and experience that players are getting. Note that this release is mainly targeting music but many SFX assets are also being impacted and made private.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When Roblox turns on the new privacy settings (which it has already done), the audio assets in your experience will stop working if they were not uploaded by the same user or Group who created the experience. So, if you’re a developer of a Roblox experience, it’s important to start reviewing your game right away.
If you are wondering whether the audio in the Roblox official licensed catalog will still be public and accessible, don’t worry, it will stay the same.
For the answers to more FAQs, be sure to head over to the official post here and the update here. Don’t forget to check the comments to know more about what other users are thinking about this major change.