Just as Amazon is reportedly working on a live music platform of its own
Clubhouse has fierce competition from large companies that want to own the live audio space, but it can get ahead in a distinctive way. The company is launching a new music mode that could make it a better place to play and listen to live music. Amazon’s Reported Entry In that space, and as such Twitter has started rolling out “ticket spaces” where musicians can also host shows. Spotify also has its own Live Audio app.
If you’re a musician on Clubhouse, or you prefer to listen to live music on the app, the new Music Mode “optimizes Clubhouse to broadcast your music with high quality and great stereo sound,” according to company blog post. Clubhouse doesn’t explain what it means by high quality, but it does mention that you can now hook up professional equipment, such as a USB mic or mixing board, and use it during your broadcasts. Clubhouse has already added spatial audio in late August, which makes a conversation sound more like a room full of people than a flat audio call.
You can easily turn on Music mode by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner of the room, selecting Audio quality, and then choosing Music. However, if you just want to listen to the performance, you don’t have to do any of this – just sit back and enjoy stereo audio from your headphones, speakers, or your phone.
Clubhouse also noted that its recently introduced Clips feature — which lets you capture 30-second recordings — will also support stereo sound, so if you want to save a snippet of the performance in Music mode decide, the audio quality will remain the same. Music Mode will initially only be available on iOS, but Clubhouse says the rollout for Android will follow soon.
Apart from the music mode, Clubhouse has also updated its search feature. The platform will now display the search bar at the top of your hallway in a more convenient location. And as an added plus, you’ll be able to wave friends directly from the search bar, a feature that lets you quickly invite friends to a live audio room.
Amazon is far from Clubhouse’s only competition for Live Audio. Clubhouse probably learned its lesson last year, when Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and even Spotify created their own versions of audio-only chatrooms. This all happened at a time when Clubhouse was still in an invite-only state, making the app harder to develop. But now that the app is flourishing, Clubhouse wants to keep more and more profits.