Meta launches suite of generative AI music tools rivaling Google’s MusicLM

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, launched a suite of generative AI models on Aug. 2, which it calls AudioCraft, for the purpose of music creation from various inputs, according to a blog post. 

Included in the suite of generative AI tools are MusicGen and AudioGen, which operate off of text-based inputs to create new audio, along with another called EnCodec that “allows for higher quality music generation with fewer artifacts.”

In the announcement, Meta mentioned that its MusicGen model was trained with music that it owns or “specifically licensed.”

This comes as there have already been major controversy surrounding training AI with copyrighted work across many artistic fields, including a lawsuit against Meta for copyright infringement during AI training.

At the moment, Meta has made MusicGen and AudioGen available in several sizes to the “research community” and developers. It said as it develops more advanced controls it envisions the models to become useful to both amateurs and professionals in the music industry.

“With even more controls, we think MusicGen can turn into a new type of instrument — just like synthesizers when they first appeared.”

In a recent interview between Cointelegraph and the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., he also likened the emergence of AI-generated music to the early days of synthesizers coming onto the music scene.

Related: Spotify reportedly deletes thousands of AI-generated songs

Meta’s release of its generative AI music tools comes shortly after Google launched its set of similar tools that turns text into music called MusicLM. 

In May, the company announced that it was accepting “early testers” of the products via its AI Test Kitchen platform.

Meta has been actively releasing new AI tools, alongside many other tech giants including Google and Microsoft, in a race to develop and deploy the most powerful models.

On Aug. 1 Meta announced the launch of new AI chatbots with personalities, which users on its platforms will be able to use as search helpers and as a “fun product to play with.”

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