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Apple Music Becomes First Streaming Service to Include Underground DJ Remixes and Mashups

Apple has announced a new partnership with Dubset Media Holdings to stream thousands of remixed songs and DJ mixes, both based on original recordings, that were previously unavailable due to copyright issues. Apple Music will be the first streaming music service to provide access to these previously unlicensed tracks, according to Billboard.

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Dubset will use a technology called MixBank to analyze a remix or DJ mix file, identify existing recordings within the file, pay the necessary rights holders, and distribute the mix through Apple Music and other streaming services. The process can take about 15 minutes for a 60-minute recording.
But licensing remixes and DJ mixes, both based on original recordings, is incredibly complex. A single mix could have upward of 600 different rights holders. According to CEO Stephen White, a typical mix has 25 to 30 songs that require payments to 25 to 30 record labels and anywhere from two to ten publishers for each track. […]

MixBank matches the recordings used in the remix or DJ mix against a database of three-audio snippets from Gracenote, where White was CEO prior to joining Dubset. He says fingerprinting is a “brute force” tool that can provide MixBand with up to 100 possible matches for each three-second match.
The rise in popularity of the EDM genre has resulted in an increasing number of user-generated remixes, mash-ups, and DJ mixes of popular songs, and this partnership will help bring those underground tracks to Apple Music and potentially "all 400 distributors worldwide" in the future, said White.

Dubset will retain a percentage of revenue for providing in-house licensing and pay the DJ or remixer a share of that amount. The service "allows everyone to make money on this content for the first time," according to White. The digital distributor has agreements with over 14,000 labels and publishers.

In related news, Beats 1 recently announced that popular EDM artist deadmau5 will host his own show this Friday at 3:00 p.m. Pacific.



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7 months ago

The article references "EDM" but doesn't say what that acronym stands for?

Apparently, it's "Electronic Dance Music" for anyone else (like me) who had no idea.


I find that hard to believe given your username.
Rating: 26 Votes
7 months ago
This is actually amazing
Rating: 18 Votes
7 months ago

This is cool, but how does a remix have 30 songs. When I was a young fool and DJ'ed, I had three turntables and could therefore mix up to three. But usually I had song that I played and then just layered in sound from 1 other. The third was meant for beat mixing in the next song. Unless we are talking about doing a 30 or 60 minute recording, the 30 song remix seems amazing for a 3 to 10 minute song.


You are confusing mixes with remixes.
Rating: 8 Votes
7 months ago
Bye bye Soundcloud.
Rating: 7 Votes
7 months ago
Also the first streaming service to screw up your local music :D
Rating: 7 Votes
7 months ago
The article references "EDM" but doesn't say what that acronym stands for?

Apparently, it's "Electronic Dance Music" for anyone else (like me) who had no idea.
Rating: 6 Votes
7 months ago

Here's a breakdown of the basic EDM terms.

Remix = An edited version of the original song. Artist has full access to the original version (i.e. basslines, vocals etc)
Bootleg = Same as remix, but artist doesn't have access to the original song components (i.e. makes edits on top of the normal MP3 file)
Mashup = Two or more songs combined together.

Mix = Essentially a mixtape consisting of numerous songs, remixes, mashups etc.

Much appreciated. My kids have introduced me to what I guess is, and I am seriously guessing here, a sub genre of EDM called Trap. I'll deny it to any adult in a 50 mile radius, but some of it was actually okay. I used to be dismissive of today's music because the music of my generation was the best (said by everyone from every other generation). Amazing what an open mind will let in.
Rating: 5 Votes
7 months ago

This is too funny. I had a similar conversation with my 16 year old the other day. Apparently, what you and I think of as a remix has been renamed a mashup. What they call a remix can last for hours and blend 10, 20, 30 songs into one long montage. I've seen remixes on youtube that run 2+ hours.

We're getting old.:D

Is 69 your Age? :p

I am not there yet, but I am getting uncomfortably close. To be clear my youngest is 23. :eek:

I can't continue this conversation, my arthritis is kicking in. :D
Rating: 5 Votes
7 months ago

This is cool, but how does a remix have 30 songs. When I was a young fool and DJ'ed, I had three turntables and could therefore mix up to three. But usually I had song that I played and then just layered in sound from 1 other. The third was meant for beat mixing in the next song. Unless we are talking about doing a 30 or 60 minute recording, the 30 song remix seems amazing for a 3 to 10 minute song.

This is too funny. I had a similar conversation with my 16 year old the other day. Apparently, what you and I think of as a remix has been renamed a mashup. What they call a remix can last for hours and blend 10, 20, 30 songs into one long montage. I've seen remixes on youtube that run 2+ hours.

We're getting old.:D
Rating: 5 Votes
7 months ago
Good job Apple! Please continue to make Apple Music unique and attractive to more artists
Rating: 5 Votes

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