ElevenLabs Unveils AI Music Generator, Raising Industry Concerns

ElevenLabs launches an AI music generator capable of producing high-quality, full-length songs with vocals from a single text prompt. The generator has impressed users with its ability to create 3-minute tracks across various genres with no edits required.

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ElevenLabs Unveils AI Music Generator, Raising Industry Concerns

ElevenLabs Unveils AI Music Generator, Raising Industry Concerns

ElevenLabs, a New York-based company known for its natural-sounding AI voices and voice cloning technology, has launched an AI music generator capable of producing high-quality, full-length songs with vocals from a single text prompt. The generator, showcased on the social media platform X, has impressed users with its ability to create 3-minute tracks across various genres, including jazz, pop, dubstep, and country, with no edits required.

The tracks generated by ElevenLabs' AI music generator have exceeded the quality of other AI music tools like Udio's 30-second tracks and Suno's 1-minute tracks. "All of the songs in this thread were generated from a single text prompt with no edits," stated ElevenLabs in their X post. The impressive output has caught the attention of industry professionals, with English music producer Beardyman reposting an ElevenLabs dubstep track and expressing concerns about the future of commercial music.

Why this matters: The rapid advancement of AI music generation technology has significant implications for the music industry, potentially disrupting the livelihoods of commercial musicians and changing the way music is created and consumed. As AI-generated music becomes more prevalent, it may also raise questions about ownership and rights over creative works.

Beardyman questioned whether "it will be almost impossible to make a living in commercial music within 3 years" due to the rapid advancement of AI music generation technology. He also raised concerns about the role of AI-generated music in live performances, pondering if crowds at clubs will care if the music is created by AI.

ElevenLabs, founded in 2022 and based in New York, has raised a total of $101M in funding from investors including Disney Accelerator and Andreessen Horowitz. The company's products, such as AI Dubbing Studio and other voice generation tools, have gained popularity among content creators for producing lifelike and high-quality AI voiceovers.

WhileAI music generationis expected to continue growing and may be used as a tool for musicians to create new sounds and for ordinary people to create fun music to share with friends, there are still questions about rights over training data and whether musicians have the right to opt out. As the technology advances, it remains to be seen how it will impact the music industry and the livelihoods of commercial musicians.