Microsoft has joined forces with Cambridge-based startup SunoAI to introduce an innovative feature to Microsoft Copilot, now renamed from "Bing Chat." The collaboration brings forth a text-to-music generation capability, allowing users to effortlessly create music with natural-sounding vocals based on simple text prompts.
Users, regardless of their musical background, can now leverage Copilot to generate complete songs encompassing lyrics, instrumentals, and singing voices based on a simple text prompt.
To access this feature, users can follow these steps:
- Open Microsoft Edge, visit copilot.microsoft.com, and sign in with a Microsoft Account.
- Enable the Suno plugin or click on the Suno logo labeled "Make music with Suno."
- Prompt Copilot to create a song with a simple request, such as "Create a pop song about adventures with your family."
- Enjoy the generated tune.
- Share the musical creation on social media or with friends and colleagues.
While the current integration may not offer a significant advantage over standalone music generation apps, the potential for Microsoft to expand Copilot's capabilities with a suite of audio editing and generation features holds promise. If realised, this could position Copilot as the go-to tool for non-musicians seeking to experiment with and create music seamlessly.
While the allure of AI-generated music grows, SunoAI imposes certain restrictions—free users are prohibited from monetising AI-generated songs on platforms like YouTube or Spotify, although sharing on social platforms or for non-commercial purposes remains permissible. However, users who opt for the paid version gain commercial rights to their creations.
The feature is scheduled to roll out to users starting today, with a gradual increase in availability over the coming weeks.
In addition to Microsoft and SunoAI's collaboration, other tech giants are exploring generative AI music tools. Meta has introduced its open-source AudioCraft, enabling users to generate songs based on text prompts. Google's YouTube tool adds to the mix by creating original music tracks based on hummed melodies or text prompts.
Moreover, the AI music is bustling with startups offering similar tools, such as Soundful, Magenta, Beatbox (specialising in beats and instrumental tracks), LALAL.AI, Soundraw, Loudly, Boomy, Beatoven.ai, and many others. These platforms aim to empower users, regardless of musical expertise, to engage in creative expression through AI-generated music.