7 Music Apps or Websites That Don’t Exist (But Should)…

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!

20 Responses

  1. Visitor

    A new kind of artist fan base app where fans can subscribe and get their fill of the artists they really,really, really love

    • Balder

      I’m happy to read this! Cause after weeks with research and analysis: this is what I’m going to design for my bachelor project :)!

  2. I & I
    I & I

    Discogs could be a basis for (5), but as someone who occassionaly contributes, I find their moderation system to be a big turnoff as well as their approach to digital files.

  3. Muckraker

    Add to that —
    8. The perfectly tagged songfile: A site that listing the tagging/metadata reqs and best practices for every service or platform.
    9. weekly updated global Catalog of Master /Pub owners in one place.
    10. A playlist exchange format translator. Where oyu can share your spotify playlist with a friend on rdio etc.

  4. Visitor

    About #3. I love metadata.

    Metadata for Miles and I Still Can’t Catalog My Collection Autobiographically
    Music information services have only the basics for an LP or CD — artist, genre, release year, track list. Maybe for a given track, they will have major collaborators and composer. The information is spotty and contains errors, especially for legacy material. Why — because no one has physical copies against which to cross check.
    The John Peel Archive would be a great place to start. There is an opportunity to catalog the crap out of this legendary collection and put it online — every musician on every track and what they played, producer, recording studio, recording dates, session players and background vocalists who have never gotten credit, composers. All collected in a serchable database. Imagine the bar bets settled. “Show me every song from 1965-1975 on which Robert Plant played cowbell.” Now THERE’S a Spotify playlist.
    There is a huge payoff. Given the number of records and the pedigree, this would more or less create the definitive chronicle of popular music over Peel’s lifetime. Both scholarly and fun. And, instead of just repeating the same step of photographing the physical material time after time, every new title cataloged adds more and more value. The information content snowballs over time.

  5. hank alrich
    hank alrich

    The thing about vinyl is that it isn’t digitized. To make it streamable we must digitize it, and unless we stick with FLAC or some other genuinely lossless format we won’t be hearing the vinyl, we’ll be hearing MP3’s. That’s not “the vinyl listening experience”.

  6. rikki

    Baauer is WHITE…….have they ever seriously prosectued anyone Black for infringement?
    I just call them as I see it and I am a dj.

  7. Visitor

    “(1) Check a sample, check a tune, stay out of jail.”
    Yes, yes, yes, great idea! We need an app like that!
    Not for samples — either you have the permission, or you don’t — but for melodies and riffs!
    Now, this is what songwriters use already:
    The first two engines are 100% precise, but classical only. Writers use them to see if a line is in the Public Domain already. The second exists as a book as well, and has been used since 1948.
    The third search engine also covers contemporary melodies, but it is not accurate.
    However, there is also a downside to such an app:
    Today, the plaintiff has to prove that the defendant had access to the original melody, unless there is striking similarity. And that can be an impossible task if the original is a rather unknown song.
    An effective contemporary melody-finder will change all that. Suddenly, we’ll get access to all songs ever written…

    • Visitor

      And now a crafty techie can write an app in about a weekend that synthesizes every possible combination of [short, but copyrightable] melody and copyrights it all. That’s the scary thing, I never understood why “melodies” can be copyrighted when there is a relatively short amount of them that sound any good.

      • Visitor

        “And now a crafty techie can write an app in about a weekend that synthesizes every possible combination of [short, but copyrightable] melody and copyrights it all.”
        It’s not that simple, but it is an interesting scenario.
        “I never understood why “melodies” can be copyrighted when there is a relatively short amount of them that sound any good.”
        The sun will turn into a white dwarf before we run out of good sounding melodies. The definition of good is determined by culture and evolves over time.

  8. Visitor

    “…& the Bonus Round: Streaming vinyl. Real vinyl sound, streamed.”
    Um, that ‘real’ vinyl sound would be a digitized vinyl sound.
    Which would sound exactly like any other wav or mp3… 🙂

  9. Yoav

    8. A REAL music discovery website/app that lets me find good new music without having to go through mountains of crap, and includes unsigned artists as well.

  10. david@indigoboom
  11. GG

    Idea #1:
    Is that me or you haven’t realised that Baauer – as Harlem Shake’s producer – didn’t already know what tracks he sampled back in his studio?
    Even Whosampled.com indexed the sampled tracks before everyone heard about the copyright infringment…

    source: common sense

  12. GG

    Idea #5:
    Now if you don’t speak or read english that’s too bad for you (I’m a non-native speaker)


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