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Suno app launches on iOS amid RIAA infringement lawsuit

Suno app launches on iOS amid RIAA infringement lawsuit

Why not make it even easier to ‘create’ music? While fending off a massive copyright infringement lawsuit filed by major labels, Suno has launched a mobile app.

The generative AI platform announced the app’s launch in a brief message from CEO Mikey Shulman. According to that announcement, iOS users in the U.S. (an international rollout and an Android version are coming “soon”) can now pump out work with text prompts via the mobile version.

(The aforementioned mobile version can best be found via the link included in the release. Further evidence of how populated the AI ​​arena is, a number of similar third-party alternatives, some of which feature the word “Suno” in their names, were flooding the App Store’s 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,” according to the text. Surprisingly, the feature doesn’t seem to block the submission of protected works from the start. But before the “creation” process is complete, you have to accept lengthy “audio upload terms.”

“I represent that I own or exclusively control all rights to any content I upload using this Suno feature,” the terms state. “I understand that I may not upload content if I do not own or exclusively control the rights, and that if I do so despite this prohibition, I will (among other issues) be in breach of my contract with Suno and may also subject me to various other forms of legal liability. By checking this box, I acknowledge and agree to the foregoing.”

Perhaps most troubling when it comes to the threat AI poses to real musicians is that the app also functions as a music streaming and sharing platform.

This apparently includes full AI songs that can be liked, shared, filtered by “artist,” and saved to playlists. Against the backdrop of continued streaming price hikes — and rumors of an ad-supported fee for Spotify in the US — it’s worth keeping this point in mind as Suno and others continue to expand.

With this idea in mind, the surprisingly responsive app allows free users to generate up to 10 non-commercial tracks per day. For the $10-per-month Pro Plan, Suno customers can “create” 500 tracks per month with “10 running tasks at a time,” “priority generation,” and “general commercial terms.”

Meanwhile, a Premier plan includes enough credits to generate 2,000 songs for $30 per month, according to the app. There are also discounted annual options for both tiers. Of course, time will tell if the purchasing options catch on in the ultra-competitive AI music arena.

The focus remains on Suno, which just closed a $125 million funding round, and the service claims to have attracted more than 12 million users to date as it pursues its “mission to build a future where everyone can create and share music.”