Bedroom beat-makers everywhere are rejoicing, as unofficial remixes have now begun appearing on both Apple Music and Spotify, in a deal made with digital music distributor Dubset.
In what is surely the death knell for rumours of Spotify’s acquisition of SoundCloud, the one advantage SoundCloud had over other streaming services- its abundance of user-generated bootlegs, remixes and edits- could soon be available to Apple Music and Spotify subscribers.
While Spotify’s (vocal) detractors have been noticeably quiet of late, SoundCloud has also received its share of condemnation, with Four Tet recently describing the music platform as “a total slice of shit”. No doubt the many users who have vented frustration at SoundCloud’s heavy-handed removal of copyrighted content will be relieved to hear Dubstet CEO Stephan White’s proclamation that mixes are coming next- the only other point of difference SoundCloud holds.
Dubset works by scanning an entire mix and matching every part of the track to a bank of snippets of official songs based on Gracenote’s audio fingerprint database, which allows the original rights holders to get paid for their works while DJ’s and producers are (finally) permitted to exercise their creativity without being accused of theft. And best of all, this means a whole new world of music is open for enthusiasts everywhere to explore.
You can hear the first “unofficial” remix of Anderson .Paak’s killer Room In Here by DJ Jazzy Jeff below: