Youka creates karaoke videos from any YouTube music video

Using AI, ‘YouTube to Karaoke’ site would isolate the instrumental track of any YouTube music video and sync the lyrics with the muted vocal line.

Unfortunately, this has since caught the attention of copyright holders and has quickly been shut down for legal reasons regarding ripping YouTube videos and lyrics.

Youka’s creator has expressed plans to open-source the project, to not let the idea go to waste.

In the meantime, checkout this open-source AI tool from Deezer, that will split the vocal and instruments from any music file. Bearing copyright laws in mind, use responsibly. Only use tracks you own for commercial use.

First look at Quibi – the video streaming app with a twist

Quibi gives us the first look at it’s streaming app set to release in April.

Quibi, short for “Quick Bites”, is the newest contender hoping to break into the video streaming world.

Billionaires, tech executive Meg Whitman & Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg secured over $1 billion in investments to put this idea to action.

Only offering videos less than ten minutes, Quibi hopes to standout over some of the largest companies not only in video streaming, but the world: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney and Apple. With HBO Max and NBCUniversal set to join the party later this year.

The app is only available for mobile and includes a featured called Turnstyle “a viewing experience optimized for you… no matter how you hold your phone”, which marketing aside, means it will crop the video if you want to watch it portrait.

It will offer two models, much like Hulu with an optional ad tier:

  • $8 a month
  • $5 a month with ads

Quibi will experiment to see what work with customers

“We’ll see what the consumers want, and we’ll follow their lead.”

Meg Whitman, CEO

This is certainly a unique idea that suits the current market for snappy, to the point, short videos. Ideal for the commute to work (with offline mode), without diving into an hour long Netflix episode. However, the company need to make sure they put that $1 billion to go use, securing quality content that ready to watch on day one, in the hope that user will get hooked to shows beyond their free trial and not just continue to go where everyone’s gone for similar short-form videos for fifteen year, YouTube ($5-$8 a month less than Quibi).

Head to Quibi to see some of the content they’ve got lined up. The app is available to pre-order in the US on iOS and Android today, launching April 6th.

TikTok’s new safety features let parents control how teens and children use it

TikTok’s new features are designed to give parents control over how their young ones use the app including limits to how much time they can spend on it.

TikTok have added new controls for parents on their mobile apps. The new family safety mode lets parents set limits for how long their youngsters can use the app to ensure they aren’t getting sucked in by the massively popular new social platform too much.

Other additions to protect children and teenagers allow parents to control who can send messages to the account. There is also a new content restriction feature that allows the content that is shown and available to be controlled to prevent videos that might be inappropriate for younger audiences popping up.

TikTok’s new safety features comes as conversations spark around the world about the safety of children and teens on the internet. Following a legal controversy YouTube have made some major changes to how their content works to ensure kids a safe experience.

TikTok has become a massive craze around the world, particularly with younger users but also people of all age. They claim that 400 million people use the app and the Chinese version Douyin every day whilst over 1.5 billion people have downloaded the app.

15 years since YouTube launched they lay out their plans for 2020

Can you believe it’s been a whole 15 years since YouTube’s website went live? We’ve come a long way.

February 14th, 2005. The internet was well established but still in the early days of much of the established worldwide web we have today. Social sites like Facebook were just getting started and YouTube’s website went live for the first time.

It was a simple yet brilliant idea. A website where people could easily post and share videos – a world of possibility. No doubt even the wisest of technology analysts could have predicted their growth into a website used by billions of people around the globe.

It wasn’t long until YouTube was bought by Google to invest in the serious infrastructure they needed to cater to their rapidly growing library of videos and viewers.

Now with so much success behind them and a lot of changes over the years, YouTube are looking at the year and decade ahead by outlining their priorities:

Grow the creator ecosystem to be the best place for creators

Creators are the heart of YouTube, and they’re pioneering new content by vlogging about their lives, covering topics like gaming, fitness, comedy, hobbies, makeup tutorials, and every kind of How To imaginable. Want to fix that 10 year old refrigerator or car? YouTube likely has the video to replace every single part, and in multiple languages! Creators are at the cutting edge of culture and also becoming next generation media companies, boosting local economies with new jobs. Compared to last year, the number of creators earning five figures annually has increased more than 40 percent. And more than 170,000 YouTube channels around the world have over 100,000 subscribers ⁠— that’s hundreds of thousands of small businesses growing through the platform. YouTube is unique as a platform since we share the majority of revenue with our creators. Going forward, our goal is to continue to grow revenue and audiences of YouTube creators. We appreciate everything creators do to inspire, educate, and entertain their audiences. We know their fans appreciate them, too, and today we’re launching the third annual #LoveNotes campaign. Click here to show support for your favourite creators.

Partner with the music industry

to grow revenue, break new artists and promote music. YouTube offers twin engines for revenue with advertising and subscribers, paying out more than $3 billion to the music industry last year from ads and subscriptions. We’re also partnering with artists to support and amplify their work through every phase of their career. Dua Lipa was in YouTube’s first-ever Foundry program — our initiative to develop independent music acts. Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish have built massive global audiences by directly connecting and engaging with fans on YouTube. At just 18 years old, Billie is now one of the world’s biggest stars with five recent Grammy wins. And from its early days, YouTube has been a home for artists who found creative ways to use the platform to help expand their reach. In 2005, OK Go had one of the first viral hits with their music video, “A Million Ways.” Fans posted their own versions of the boy band-inspired choreography, and OK Go decided to make it official with a dance challenge on YouTube. We continue to see unknown artists make it big with a single viral hit. Last year, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” became a YouTube phenomenon and the longest-leading single atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Work with media companies to extend their audiences

through time shifting, new geographies and new users. We’re also boosting awareness of subscription services, sports and news highlights, long-form content, and movies with trailers and clips. And we’re connecting networks and media partners to a consumer base that is increasingly cutting the cord. Today, YouTube TV has more than 2 million subscribers, and our service has expanded nationwide in the U.S., offering access to more than 70 channels, including cable networks, live sports, and on-demand programming.

Help advertisers

Advertisers recognise the reach and effectiveness of YouTube to build awareness, improve consideration, and drive results. In 2020, we’ll continue to make our solutions simpler and more effective, while keeping responsibility front of mind. We’ve spent the last three years working to strike the right balance between what advertisers think of as brand safety and what creators think of as demonetization. We continue to develop tools that give advertisers confidence about where their ads run. We’re also working to offer more transparency and certainty to creators with more guidance on our advertiser-friendly guidelines and an expansion of our creator self-certification program.

Continue to be a place where users come to laugh and to learn

YouTube has become the world’s largest video library, a place where people come to be entertained, watch their favorite creators, get help with homework, learn a new hobby, see the latest music video and find community. We’ve seen the ways video is an effective medium for learning ⁠— users can see how to do something and repeat the lesson as many times as needed! Whether it’s help with a math class for college or learning how to sew and becoming an entrepreneur, we know YouTube is a key force for learning. To amplify this positive impact, we’re investing in quality family content, including our $100 million fund dedicated to the creation of thoughtful, original children’s content on YouTube and YouTube Kids.

YouTube creators get tipped cash with their new monetisation tool

YouTube are adding ‘Viewer Applause’ so that viewers can throw virtual tips at live streamers and videos.

YouTube have begun testing a new feature with creators that allows their viewers to send them cash tips. The feature called Viewer Applause will give creators even more ways to earn money on YouTube.

It’s similar to Twitch’s Cheer feature except will work in straight currency, as opposed to buying a virtual currency to use. It will also be a set flat-rate for each applause so viewers won’t be able to select the amount they want to give.

Their applause will be signified with a clap emoji that the viewer sees and no-one else. YouTube will take 30% of the fee from each clap, the same as they do in Super Chats and Super Stickers.

The tests are live for a few select creators and are available for viewers in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and New Zealand. The going rate for a clap in the U.S. is reportedly $2.

We will see how successful this new feature is with both creators and viewers over the coming months. If it’s a success, we could see a global rollout of the feature later this year.

Apple Music to launch exclusive lyric explainer video series from artists

Genius are bringing their Verified video series with artists explaining their latest singles to Apple’s music streaming service.

Genius are bringing some of their popular content exclusively onto Apple Music. The lyrics website has seen success in branching out in recent years working with artists to provide more than just the lyrics and their definitions on a web page.

Their ‘Verified’ series brings in some of the biggest artists in the world themselves to explain their songs on camera. Apple have bought the rights to co-produce upcoming episodes which will be featured on artists’ pages on their music streaming platform.

Thankfully the deal won’t see Apple snatch the videos all for themselves and after a short time the videos will be released on Genius’ website and YouTube. Older episodes won’t be retroactively added to Apple Music according to their plans.

Genius’ Chief Strategy Office, Ben Gross said: “Apple Music is already the official music player on Genius.com. Now, it’s also the official music streaming partner for Verified and we couldn’t be more excited. We see a bright yellow future where every hit song on Apple Music has a companion Verified episode featuring the lyrics and meaning, straight from the artists themselves. This is the first step towards that reality.”

Back in 2018 Genius teamed up with Apple Music to make them their official music streaming partner. Their partnership brought Genius lyrics onto Apple Music and vice versa; made songs streamable on Genius.com from Apple Music hosting.

In 2019 YouTube made 9x what Google paid for it

YouTube have made Alphabet (Google’s parent) a very happy bunny with $15 billion in advertising revenue made in the last year alone.

It’s been 14 years since Google bought YouTube, now both owned by their same-but-not-the-same-company parent organisation Alphabet. All the way back then when the fledgling video site was just getting started and it’s full potential was yet to be seen; Google bet big and paid $1.65 billion for the website.

In Alphabet’s yearly fiscal report they revealed that the video site made $15.1 billion in advertising revenue in 2019 alone. They increased their revenue by 36% from 2018 in which they made $11.2 billion in revenues, a year-on-year massive intake.

It’s important to note that much of YouTube’s income goes back to creators whose videos have gained those ad plays. They didn’t reveal how much of that goes to creators and how much comes back to Alphabet, but Alphabet/Google’s Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat, said that “most” of their revenues goes to creators.

Porat wrote: “In 2019 we again delivered strong revenue growth, with revenues of $162 billion, up 18% year over year and up 20% on a constant currency basis. To provide further insight into our business and the opportunities ahead, we’re now disclosing our revenue on a more granular basis including for Search YouTube ads, and Cloud.”

Alphabet and Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai added: “Our investments in deep computer science, including artificial intelligence, ambient computing and cloud computing, provide a strong bade for continued growth and new opportunities across Alphabet.

“I’m really pleased with our continued progress in Search and in building two of our newer growth areas – YouTube, already at $15 billion in annual ad revenue, and Cloud, which is now on a $10 billion revenue run rate.”

Bob’s Burgers creators unveil their new animated series

The creators of Bob’s Burgers have a new animated series featuring musicals coming exclusively to Apple’s new service.

Apple’s TV+ service has announced a new exclusive series that will excite fans of Bob’s Burgers. Creators of the award-winning cartoon show, Loren Bouchard and producer Nora Smith, will work on the new animated comedy series.

The show will be called Central Park and is a musical with producer Josh Gad joining, famous for his work on Frozen. The series will feature a cast full of musical stars like Daveed Diggs from the Hamilton show and the band ‘clipping.’. Fellow Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. features alongside Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kathryn Hahn and Stanley Tucci.

Central Park is based around a family called the Tillermans who live in a castle in, you guessed it, Central Park, New York. The family will face adversity from an hotel heiress trying to turn their lush, green home into a space for condos.

The show comes exclusively to Apple’s new Netflix competitor ‘TV+’ sometime this year. The first series will feature 13 half-hour long episodes.

T-Series’ YouTube Channel gets over 750 million views a week

A new chart reveals that YouTube’s most popular channel in the world is also, surprise surprise, the most viewed by far.

Indian YouTube channel and creators T-Series are taking the helm of the video site through a new era. After a months of tension last year, T-Series took over from longstanding YouTube king PewDiePie as the most subscribed channel in the world.

Their journey to number one has followed the evolution of the website over the years. PewDiePie took the top spot many years ago when YouTube was quite a different place, with a community of top creators and a pretty open book. As the site got more popular more brands got involved to advertise in front of their massive, global audiences and rules got tighter around how YouTube worked.

To some the changes have marked a decline in quality of YouTube content. Others have simply followed the changes and evolved their content to match. Another marked change in YouTube’s platform that came as a result was the shift from independent creators – your typical 1 person channel uploading from their bedroom – to collectives, big media, and brands running channels.

In addition the site has grown and spread all around the world. Not only are there viewers in nearly every country in the world, but more importantly there are creators in all of these regions. The shift in content, the evolution in the sorts of channel that gets popular, and the global power of YouTube have all played into T-Series ascent.

India is one in particular showing huge growth, and the pinnacle of that can be seen in T-Series. Over 1,200 creators in India had over 1 million subscribers last month. T-Series, as mentioned earlier, have the most subscribers in the world with 124 million currently.

It’s unlikely to be a surprise but a new chart from Tubefilter shows that the Indian mega-channel is the most viewed channel. They are topping 700 million views a week, gaining 780.7 million views between the 6th and 12th of January 2020 alone.

YouTube’s new policy to protect kids is going live now

YouTube have launched the changes to their platform that they announced last year to protect children’s privacy online.

Towards the end of last year YouTube announced a change to policy across their entire platform. In increased efforts to protect children’s privacy online when accessing YouTube they required every YouTube to mark itself as ‘Made For Kids’ or ‘Not Made For Kids’, among other changes.

These changes have begun rolling out globally now. Here’s what creators need to know and what to expect from the changes:

What is made for kids content?

According to the FTC, a video is made for kids if it is intended for kids, taking into consideration a variety of factors. These factors include the subject matter of the video, whether the video has an emphasis on kids characters, themes, toys or games, and more.

To help us identify made for kids content, in November we introduced a new audience setting in YouTube Studio to help creators indicate whether or not their content is made for kids. Creators know their content best, and should set the designation themselves. We also use machine learning to help us identify this content, and creators can update a designation made by our systems if they believe it is incorrect. We will only override a creator designation if abuse or error is detected.

An updated experience for made for kids content

YouTube now treats personal information from anyone watching children’s content on the platform as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user. This means that on videos made for kids, we limit data collection and use, and as a result, we need to restrict or disable some product features. For example, we no longer serve personalized ads on this content or support features such as comments, live chat, notification bell, stories, save to playlist, and others.

Many creators around the world have created quality kids content for their audiences, and these changes will have significant impact. We’re committed to helping creators navigate this new landscape and to supporting our ecosystem of family content. We’ll share more in the coming months. In the meantime, we continue to engage on this issue. For example, we participated in the FTC’s public workshop and submitted our comment on COPPA, where we discussed the importance of clear guidelines that help creators live up to their legal obligations and support access to quality kids content.

Continued investment in YouTube Kids

We still recommend parents use YouTube Kids if they plan to allow kids under 13 to watch independently. In fact, tens of millions of people use YouTube Kids every week, and recently we saw an all-time high of weekly viewers since the app’s launch. Starting today, you will see a YouTube Kids promotion across all made for kids content. We also continue to improve the product. For example, we recently launched signed-in support for YouTube Kids on the web and connected devices — such as smart TVs — so parents can now access and control their child’s YouTube Kids experience across even more surfaces.

Responsibility is our number one priority at YouTube, and this includes protecting kids and their privacy. We’ve been significantly investing in the policiesproducts and practices to help us do this. Today’s changes allow us to do this even better and we’ll continue working to provide children, families and family creators the best experience possible on YouTube.