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Spotify and Apple Music add support for user-uploaded remixes, a la SoundCloud

By Jos
Oct 7, 2016
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  1. User submitted remixes have been a staple of SoundCloud, and now both Apple Music and Spotify are getting in on the game. The addition comes thanks to a deal with Dubset, which has developed technology that allows rights holders to identify when samples of their tracks have been used in a remix, ensuring that due compensation is given to them.

    “Content owners have been very supportive. The publishing and label deals we have under license provides a large catalog to work with” Dubset CEO Stephen White told TechCrunch. "Some of the content that until now has only been on YouTube and SoundCloud to come to these great paid services where content owners will get paid!”

    Dubset's technology, dubbed MixSCAN, works by scanning an entire mix and matching every part of the track to its Mixbank of snippets of official songs based on Gracenote’s audio fingerprinting database. For now it is limited to single-track remixes, but the company is working to bring multi-song mixes and DJ mixsets to streaming providers.

    The inclusion of unofficial remixes in Apple Music and Spotify’s catalog will be kicked off with DJ Jazzy Jeff’s remix of Anderson .Paak’s “Room in Here.” Royalties will be awarded both to the original rights owner and to the maker of the remix.

    TechCrunch also notes that the fact that unofficial content is now going live on Spotify and Apple Music could reduce the acquisition potential for SoundCloud, which was rumored to be in the late stages of acquisition negotiations with Spotify.

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