YouTube is testing new artificial intelligence (AI) based music generation tools that could change the industry. Dream Track allows users to generate 30-second tracks by selecting from popular artists like John Legend and T‑Pain. It transforms their voices using Google DeepMind’s Lyra AI.
YouTube also announced Music AI tools in collaboration with its Music AI Incubator. Capable of creating guitar riffs from humming or remixing tracks, these could give independent artists new creative options. However, musicians initially expressed concerns about unintended uses of their data to train models.
YouTube walks a fine line introducing such tools while preventing exploitation. It recently outlined policies for identifying AI-generated videos and protecting public figures from deepfakes.
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The Dream Track feature utilizes powerful AI to blend a user’s melody ideas with a famous artist’s reimagined vocals. While participants like Charli XCX remain cautious of AI impacts, many see opportunity if developed cooperatively.
YouTube’s humming-to-riffs and style-remixing AI applications may empower creative expression for casual musicians and remix artists. However, handling intellectual property rights will be crucial for balancing opportunities and protections.
For now, Dream Track and other tools remain limited access. But later releases through the Music AI Incubator could make generative music technologies openly available to many. How YouTube navigates complex creative, legal and ethical obstacles will shape the future of AI in the music industry.