Haven’t we all secretly wished to sing as beautifully as our beloved musicians? Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a naturally magical voice. However, imagine if I told you that you could imitate the singing style of your favorite artists without having to undergo months of rigorous training. The good news is, you don’t need any special vocal talents; you just need to be a YouTube user.
That’s right, this is not a joke. What’s even more fascinating is that YouTube is currently working on an AI tool that could potentially allow content creators to upload songs that sound as if they were performed by well-known artists. The reports from both Billboard and Bloomberg suggest that YouTube is actively in the process of developing this technology, which has the ability to replicate the singing prowess of famous musicians.
As per recent reports, YouTube initially planned to unveil this unique feature during its ‘Made on YouTube’ event in September. However, due to certain unforeseen circumstances, the release has been delayed, and the feature is still in the development phase.
One of the significant challenges that YouTube needs to address with this tool revolves around monetization. Questions arise about how artists will be compensated for their involvement. Will they be remunerated for providing their music as input to the AI model, or will it be based on the output results? Additionally, YouTube will also need to navigate the realm of compensating songwriters for their contributions, particularly in providing music used for training the AI model.
In addition to the technical challenges, the involvement of record companies adds a layer of complexity, particularly in the realm of copyright. Billboard suggests that there are significant hurdles to overcome in this regard. Moreover, once YouTube has completed the development of its AI technology, it will need to conduct a thorough beta testing phase to address any lingering concerns.
The Bloomberg report highlights potential legal obstacles that YouTube might encounter in the future due to the reservations of recording labels about incorporating AI into the music industry.