Often, when we notice a new and unknown music app pop up in our App Store feeds, we pop it in our Apps News section as a one-liner. Sometimes, one stands out as a little more interesting, and today that’s Saloote. Released as a free download for iPhone yesterday, it describes itself as a “new social music experience that allows users to record their ‘cover’ performances of popular songs, and share them in the cloud with other users”. There’s more: “These individual performances can then be combined in a mashup. The sound of all the instruments and vocals is mixed, and the video can be edited to highlight different performers at different times to create a ‘virtual band’ performance, which is also shared in the cloud.” Most interestingly, though, these are big songs: the App Store screenshots reveal Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and Alicia Keys’ ‘Girl on Fire’ as among the supported tracks. What we don’t know is the status of any licensing deals with publishers for these tracks.

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