Update: Atom Factory have confirmed that they are not involved with Spacebar.
Lady Gaga and other artists, including Kanye West and John legend have all signed up to stream live shows via Spacebar this year. Spacebar is an app created by Gregory Miller, one of the co-founders of Google.org. The app’s mission is to “help musicians broadcast their live performances to the world and allow fans to support the artists they love in an inexpensive and convenient way.” Here are some excerpts about the app via TechCrunch:
“I wish I could have gone to that concert” is a common refrain amongst music fans. Spacebar can’t teleport you to the venue, but it can stream the audio to your mobile device so you can listen along for a dollar or two. Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY with 15 local clubs and musicians like Kanye West on board, Spacebar’s app could give bands a new revenue stream they desperately need.
With music so easy to pirate or access for free, performers are having trouble selling it. That means little bands have trouble paying rent while more popular musicians have to turn to merchandise or licensing their songs for ads to really make it big.
The idea with Spacebar is to let artists earn more money off of what they’re already doing — playing concerts. Musicians sign up with Spacebar’s iOS app, connect their mobile device to the soundboard at their concert, and stream the show in real-time to their fans. They can give the show away for free, or offer free five-minute previews before asking listeners to pay one or a few dollars. Spacebar has a partnership with Lady Gaga’s management label, and Kanye West and John Legend are signed up to stream shows this year as well. Their clout could help Spacebar surpass more established but clumsier competitors.
Artists can also stream straight from the studio, their tour bus, a garage, or a house party to up their cut. Fans can also tip the band some extra digital cash if they’re really impressed with the sound. Plus, Spacebar hooks up artists with data about who streamed their shows. That means artists could book a show in some little town if they found out lots of people were streaming them from there. You might wonder why there’s no video in Spacebar. Well, that would require videographers, cameras, and editors that might cost more money than they’d earn. Plus, Miller tells me “we’re using some of the wide pipes on the Internet [that are designed to support video] to up the audio quality. We’re streaming at 256kbs and 328kbs.” Since there’s no recordings or additional distribution, and artists opt in, Spacebar doesn’t need any expensive music licenses. The full article is available to read over at TechCrunch!