YouTube Music begins roll out, Instagram mute button and Facebook’s AI music translator

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Google recently announced its plans to introduce their own music streaming service. The idea is that YouTube Red will be separated into two segments. One of them being YouTube Music. A week later, Google has now begun rolling out early access for some users.

In case you’re still lost, YouTube Music is basically Google’s version of Spotify, with a few tweaks. For example, it’s “Your Mixtape” feature. This is where you will get a collection of songs from your favorite artists, frequently listened songs, and new recommendations. This collection will be downloaded to your phone automatically so that you can listen to your music even when you’re off the internet.

Currently, early access is limited to the US, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The coming weeks will see countries like Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK getting access. Sorry, no YouTube Music for Sri Lanka, yet.YouTube Music begins roll out, Instagram mute button and Facebook's AI music translator 2

Instagram mute feature finally lets you ignore those annoying people on your list

We Sri Lankans certainly love bombarding social media with photos, and it’s not hard to see why. After all, we live on an island with breathtaking views and exquisite food. So its almost natural to be Instagram crazy. But it might not be all that wonderful every now and then. That one person on your list who posts nothing but selfies (or whatever that you find distasteful) can be really annoying. What’s worse, you don’t want to let them know you’ve unfollowed them either.

Instagram Mute
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Its been a long time coming, but Instagram is finally letting you mute people’s posts. The feature works similar to Facebook, where you wouldn’t need to unfollow a person to avoid seeing their posts or Instagram stories.

Facebook AI that translates music into other genres

Artificial Intelligence seems to be everywhere these days. Of course, it’s more than just a mere buzzword. On the subject of music, Facebook also unveiled something interesting recently. The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) team showcased a neural network that can translate music. Its capable of translating music from one style or genre to another. Imagine what Metallica would sound like in the Baroque period.

While there is quite a bit of AI research happening that’s trying to replicate or recreate certain human tasks. But this is evidently the first to successfully utilize an unsupervised learning method to recreate high-integrity music with a neural network.
As per the team’s white paper,
Our results present abilities that are, as far as we know, unheard of. Asked to convert one musical instrument to another, our network is on par or slightly worse than professional musicians. Many times, people find it hard to tell which is the original audio file and which is the output of the conversion that mimics a completely different instrument.
 The past few years have seen Artificial Intelligence come a long way. FAIR’s neural network bears testament to this.

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