There’s a new player in the burgeoning world of beats marketplaces. Beatopia is the latest competitor for established players including Splice and Beatstars, launched yesterday by the team behind sound-effects library Soundsnap.
Rather than sell beats a la carte, the service is using a subscription model: $15 a month for full rights to five beats, including their WAV files and stems. The idea being that they can then be used to create music that can be uploaded to streaming services and social media platforms alike without fear of takedowns.
The startup has raised $2m of funding to get off the ground, and has recruited a team of producers to create its beats. “Existing beat platforms are open marketplaces where anyone can upload a beat. This means that the production and mix are not always great,” said founder Tasos Frantzolas. “Producers on other platforms choose their own terms for each beat, which is confusing to the artist. We wanted to change all that with an affordable subscription, unlimited streams, and curated content.”