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YouTube Introduces Tool for AI-Generated Music with Voices of Popular Artists

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YouTube has announced the launch of a new tool that will allow users to create AI-generated music using the voices of some of today’s most famous musical artists. The new product, called “Dream Track,” is a collaboration with nine musical […]

YouTube Introduces Tool for AI-Generated Music with Voices of Popular Artists

YouTube has announced the launch of a new tool that will allow users to create AI-generated music using the voices of some of today’s most famous musical artists.

The new product, called “Dream Track,” is a collaboration with nine musical artists, including John Legend, Demi Lovato, T-Pain, and Sia, among others. Users will be able to automatically generate short tracks up to 30 seconds long, which will sound as if they are being performed by one of the participating artists, using textual instructions.

Initially, about 100 creators in the United States will have access to this tool. It will be limited to YouTube Shorts, the platform’s functionality for sharing short video content, which competes with TikTok, owned by the Chinese technology company ByteDance.

This launch comes at a time when YouTube, owned by Alphabet, is trying to leverage the intersection of artificial intelligence and music, while facing ethical and legal implications of this newly emerging technology with artists and major music publishing companies. The practice of using artists’ voices without their permission for generative artificial intelligence resembles plagiarism, which has been strongly criticized by publishers and lawmakers.

In a blog post published on Thursday, YouTube executives said, “Artificial intelligence has brought music to the threshold of a new creative era,” and the platform hopes that its approach will be “defined by partnership and responsibility.”

“At this early stage, the experiment is designed to help explore how technology can create deeper connections between artists, creators, and ultimately their fans,” wrote Lior Cohen, YouTube’s head of music, and Toni Reid, Vice President for Emerging Experiences and Community Products.

In the blog post, the company shared samples of what music generated by AI techniques will sound like, which they built in collaboration with Google DeepMind. Statements from the artists themselves were also shown, describing this platform as a way for them to have a stake in the new space of AI-generated art.

“As an artist, I am excited to be a part of this and look forward to what creators will come up with during this period,” said Legend. Lovato added, “The development of AI technology is rapidly changing the way we navigate this field, and I believe that as artists, we should be involved in shaping the future.”

AI-generated music has appeared on YouTube in recent months and has attracted millions of views without the permission of the artists and record labels. One example is the viral song “Heart On My Sleeve,” which uses AI-generated voices of Drake and The Weeknd. In April, Universal Music Group urged YouTube and other music sharing platforms to remove the song due to copyright infringement.

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