Monthly Archives: April 2016
Monthly Archives: April 2016
It seems that pirate music sites are getting easier and easier to set up these days.
Apparently there’s a script that you can buy for just $38 that will let you set up your own cross between Spotify and YouTube. It’s illegal, of course, and will get shut down in no time (especially if you live in the United States), but if you’re really into it, it is possible to launch your own instant music site.
The script is called YouTubify and allows almost anyone to set up their own music service without breaking too much of a sweat. For now, it’s available on one of the biggest coding sites frequented by hackers.
Wefre was a fee music distribution site that recently popped up using the script, and although users loved the look and feel of it, it was forced to shut down shortly after launch.
And fortunately for artists, publishers and labels everywhere, this is what’s going to happen in most of these cases. Just because you can easily launch a music distribution site, it doesn’t mean you should.
Sites like Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, Apple Music and every other music streaming site that you can list have all paid millions of dollars in licensing fees and pay monthly royalties to artists, labels and publishers. Even if the music is offered for free by one of these hacker sites, it still violates copyright laws (it’s a form of piracy, after all).
Reportedly there are dozens of sites using this script that yet to be shut down, but luckily, none have received much attention or gotten traction.
It’s tough enough trying to make money in the streaming music business without a plethora of free sites popping up everywhere.
Where once we lived in a world of pre-recorded video, that’s changing rapidly as millennials increasingly show how much they love live streaming.
For instance, Periscope has posted more than 100 million broadcasts since its debut in March of 2015, and Snapchat Live Stories has as many as 100 million users per day, which has lead Facebook into the same space with Facebook Live.
And Facebook Live has been successful in just a short time, with some creators pulling in over 100,000 viewers per broadcast.
All this has lead Google to decide that perhaps it’s a good idea to enter this side of the online video business, and as a result, you’ll be seeing its new stand-alone app called YouTube Connect in the coming months.
The service is said to have chat and tagging features built in, as well as a newsfeed that displays videos from friends and brands that the user has subscribed to.
YouTube is beginning to feel the pressure from Facebook when it comes to short form video, and Connect is its way for trying to get back in the game.
Too little too late? Users are fickle, but they usually go where their friends are, so don’t be surprised if many don’t even sample a new offering, even from market leader (for now) YouTube, at least until the next update of their favorite platform upsets them.
Here’s one for the 1st amendment. Apple has been granted a patent named “Management, Replacement and Removal of Explicit Lyrics during Audio Playback” for technology that can automatically scan a song being streamed and edit out any swear words in the lyrics.
According to an article in Business Insider, the technology is different from automatic beeping of a swear word though. The system can detect an undesirable word then generate background music from the song in its place instead, so the transition is seamless.
Apple claims that the system may also work with books as well. For example, it could edit out words applying to sex or even full sex scenes from a book to make it more applicable to children.
Apple employs some censorship currently on Beats 1, limiting the content to anything without explicit lyrics. and the App Store has been notorious for keeping out porn or porn-related sites. That said, the list of “swear words” that the new technology works on will be undoubtedly controversial.
Apple hasn’t said if it would actually employ the technology however, only that it’s been granted the patent for it. If it’s ever rolled out, it’s bound to have free speech advocates everywhere up in arms.
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