Microsoft’s AI chatbot Copilot has just gained the ability to generate songs with a few text prompts thanks to an integration with GenAI music app Suno.
Copilot users can now craft a pop song about family adventures and other themes by simply inputting a prompt into the system. Utilizing Suno through an add-on feature, they can transform their musical concepts into reality. Suno is capable of creating entire songs, complete with lyrics, instrumentals, and vocal tracks, all from a single line of input.
To utilize the Suno feature, Copilot users need to open Microsoft Edge, navigate to Copilot.Microsoft.com, sign in with their Microsoft account, and either activate the Suno add-on or click on the Suno icon marked “Make music with Suno.”
The GIF below shows how it’s done.
A blog post from Microsoft Bing says: “We believe that this partnership will open new horizons for creativity and fun, making music creation accessible to everyone. This experience will begin rolling out to users starting today, ramping up in the coming weeks.”
This development comes at a time when several AI startups and tech giants alike are introducing generative AI features tailored toward making music. Back in November this year, YouTube introduced Dream Track, which was made possible through Google DeepMind’s music generation model Lyria. The search engine giant partnered with several notable artists to bring their voices to Dream Track.
However, there are still numerous ethical and legal challenges to be addressed regarding AI-generated music.
AI algorithms typically “learn” by analyzing existing music, creating outputs that are similar in nature. This practice has raised concerns among artists and users of Generative AI, particularly when artists have not consented to their music being used for AI training, nor have they been compensated for it.
Notably, Stability AI’s lead for GenAI audio resigned, citing that generative AI “exploits creators.” In a related development, the Grammys have excluded entirely AI-created songs from award consideration.
Many companies involved in GenAI maintain that the principle of fair use provides them an exemption from paying artists for using publicly available works, even if they are under copyright. Nonetheless, this area remains legally unexplored and complex.