The AI-powered music startups are coming thick and fast at the moment. Alissia isn’t entirely new: attendees of the Midem conference last June may have spotted the German company’s stand. Now it’s preparing to launch its Alissia Radio app, which aims to recommend music “that automatically adapts to your current mood and activity”.
The app has been available in private beta, but is now moving in to a six-month invitation-only period focused on artists, labels and music brands – who can then pass on invitation codes to their fans and customers. The company says the app will launch in Germany this April and then the UK by the end of June. However, the company is also launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise €299k (around $341k) but just as importantly to enlist some other early adopters.
People can pledge as little as €5 to get two months’ access to Alissia and a pair of invitation codes to pass on, rising to €50 for a year’s subscription and 10 invitation codes. It seems that when the app launches commercially, it will cost €5.99 a month.
The company is licensing music directly from rightsholders, which is what will also guide its expansion plans. “As soon as we have at least 10,000 users from one country, we will clear licensing in that country and make the service available to you,” is how it explains this.