Why haven’t these been built yet? And, if they have, why haven’t we heard of them yet?
(1) Check a sample, check a tune, stay out of jail.
Never infringe again! We have the technology for checking millions of YouTube vids in one serving, so where’s the handy tool for the rest of us? This easy app would vet your piece for plagiarism (just like some many paper-checking systems online), and help you avoid being the next Baauer. The system would compare your songs and melodies to a massive, backend database of already-published works (in your pocket, of course).
(2) A comprehensive, authoritative and truly interactive artist accounting and contract resource.
One with a living, breathing community of concerned musicians! There are all sorts of legal, business, and contractual guides for artists and music industry professionals. Moses Avalon even created an interactive royalty calculator app. But where’s the absolute Bible and community for anything related to the music business, one penned by the community and constantly updated by artists? One that is teeming with discussions, experts, and definitive answers for any and all questions that arise?
(3) Spotify + Napster.
And that’s what was so cool about Napster: it had everything! So where’s the app that combines the ease and convenience of Spotify, with all the chaos and unpredictability of Napster? In other words, a streaming app that has every remix, song, or insane musical concoction the world has ever produced? Just like Napster of old, but perfectly legal?
If you’re answer to this question is ‘YouTube,’ then…
(4) A sane, YouTube music video viewing experience (with offline portability and cacheing).
Actually, I hear this one’s coming, in the form of a YouTube subscription service. Maybe the wilds will be tamed, after all.
(5) A truly open source, comprehensive music database.
On that contains deep metadata on virtually all artists and releases, in various languages and with a high level of authority. And, one that can be edited by trusted authors or the musicians, producers, or labels themselves.
(6) A truly transparent ticketing website.
One that shifts the price of a ticket based on demand, tells you how many are left, and doesn’t jam you out at 10:01 am. And, tells you the final, all-in price.
(7) A go-to, professional hub for session musicians, studios, and producers.
Complete ratings systems for musicians, plus complete details and ratings for those hiring, as well. And, all sorts of data-sharing on salaries, available gigs, and reasonable hiring practices.
…& the Bonus Round: Streaming vinyl.
Real vinyl sound, streamed. Their collection, your experience. No storage required!