Square Enix Music Channel adds Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and NieR OSTs YouTube.
Square Enix continues its emotional devastation by making large portions of its music library online via its YouTube Music channel. Although I am thrilled, delighted, overjoyed, etc., about most of it, I can still not stream the EinhanderOST in any official capacity. I will settle for thousands of other songs, however, for now.
The Square Enix account accumulated entire music collections from the mainline Final Fantasy game, as well as a few special arrangements albums such as the Journeys Final Fantasy XIV album. Many of these uploads are already available on Spotify, but it’s great for those who don’t have Spotify and want to hear Neath dark waters.
There are also not- Final Fantasy album, which includes many of Square’s greatest tracks. Even if Chrono Trigger is not something you have ever played, the 2019 arrangement album will still rule and be worth listening to. Schala’s Theme is a gift that I can now link to without fear of a DMCA investigation.
There are many other goodies–thousands upon thousands of songs from series like NieR and Mana. It looks like the publisher has a lot of content on Spotify and YouTube. However, I noticed that the NieR tribute song, taken from my old Spotify playlist, is now available on YouTube. Replicant has created some wild arrangements for the album echo. Although the Emil and Kaine tracks are not the most enjoyable, the entire album is worth listening to.
Square’s library is locked in certain regions, unfortunately. Although we are accessing it via the US side of Square, some people responding to their Tweet announcement shared YouTube’s frustrating “this not available in your country” error message.
To remove any “this video is not available due to a Copyright Claim by X Company” listings, I frequently clear my YouTube playlists. This was Nintendo-style bullshit. But Square Enix continues to make it a priority. Many soundtracks are no more available on CD or in digital format. This makes it difficult to comply with legal requirements for listening when there is no legal way to do so.
I don’t know anyone who can afford to buy thousands of songs at full price, so Square is a great company that makes these items available. It also gives us another way of conserving classics. However, I humbly ask you to listen to my plea for the Einhander music. Although I would link you to my favourite song, it might end up with a takedown notice.