Suno Releases a Mobile App Amid RIAA Suit — Complete With a Warning About ‘Legal Liability’ for Uploading Protected Audio

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As it fends off copyright infringement litigation from the major labels, AI music platform Suno has launched a mobile app. Photo Credit: Rupam Dutta

Why not make it even easier to “create” music? As it fends off a massive copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the major labels, Suno has launched a mobile app.

The generative AI platform disclosed the app’s debut in a brief message penned by CEO Mikey Shulman. According to that announcement, stateside iOS users (an international rollout and an Android version are coming “soon”) can now pump out works with text prompts through the mobile version.

(Said mobile version is best found via the link included in the release. In another testament to how populated the AI space is, a number of similar third-party alternatives, some featuring the word “Suno” in their names, were crowding App Store search results at the time of writing.)

Also on the table is an option to “record audio with your phone and turn it into a song,” per the text. Interestingly, the feature doesn’t appear to block the submission of protected works from the get-go. But before finalizing the “creation” process, one is compelled to accept lengthy “audio upload terms.”

“I certify that I own or exclusively control all rights in any content I will upload using this Suno feature,” the terms read. “I understand that I am not allowed to upload content if I do not own or exclusively control the rights to it, and that if I do so in spite of this prohibition, I will (among other problems) be breaching a contract with Suno and I may be subject to various other forms of legal liability as well. By clicking this box, I acknowledge and agree to the foregoing.”

Perhaps most worrying of all when it comes to the threat AI poses to actual musicians is that the app functions as something of a music streaming and sharing platform to boot.

This apparently includes full-length AI songs that can be liked, shared, filtered by “artist,” and saved to playlists. Against the backdrop of continued streaming price increases – and rumblings of a Spotify ad-supported charge in the U.S. – the point is worth keeping front of mind as Suno and others continue to build out.

Running with the idea, the surprisingly responsive app enables free users to generate up to 10 non-commercial tracks per day. Via the $10-per-month Pro Plan, Suno customers can “make” 500 songs monthly with “10 running jobs at once,” “priority generation,” and “general commercial terms.”

Meanwhile, a Premier Plan comes with enough credits to generate 2,000 songs at $30 per month, according to the app. There are also discounted annual packages for both tiers. Time will, of course, tell whether the purchase options catch on in the ultra-competitive AI music arena.

Keeping the focus on Suno, which is fresh off a $125 million funding round, the service claims to have attracted north of 12 million users to date in pursuit of its “mission to build a future where everyone can make and share music.”