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Listen to any song in the world, share them with your friends, and communicate with your favorite artists all in one revolutionary app. Read more

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Listen to any song in the world, share them with your friends, and communicate with your favorite artists all in one revolutionary app.

Manhattan, NY Software
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Backtrack is the revolutionary application that finally integrates music with social interactivity, bringing you the exciting experience you’ve been waiting for your whole life. Forget all of the alternatives out there; Backtrack offers an experience that has never been imagined before.

Here’s why:

+ Music Optionality: with both a streaming radio and a music library to create your own playlists, so that you can listen to music the way you want to

+ Millions of Songs at Your Fingertips that can form the “Backtrack” of your life

+ Slick and Accessible User Interface

+ A Unique Social Experience because music isn’t meant to be enjoyed by just one person - share your favorite tunes with the click of a button

+ A Community that will bring together all music-lovers: the fans, the artists, and the industry

The Radio: No more switching between playlists or radio stations to juggle your Taylor Swift and Beatles addictions. For the first time, all of your favorite genres are consolidated into one comprehensive radio tailored specifically for you. However, if you’re studying and only in the mood for classical music, a swipe to the right will bring out a list of genres, where you can turn off the genres you don't like. You will also have the ability to rate songs on a scale of 1-5 stars, so that we will learn which songs you like and dislike. The radio is great for discovering new songs, and potentially, entire new genres!

The Browse: With Backtrack, you have the power to choose millions of songs and add them to your own playlist. Thus, Backtrack enables you to listen to music the way you want to, so that you don’t need multiple music apps to crowd your phone and waste your memory.

TuneChat: Tap a song, type a short message, and the tune will be directly and privately sent to your friend’s inbox within the app. Now, when you’re in the mood to share cool songs, you don’t have to admit to all your Facebook friends that you listen to a new “embarassing” artist.

RaveTrack: Ever been at a party, or in a car, where your friends only listened to country, but you listened to rock? No worries! Backtrack lets you listen to everyone's music by synching phones together through a Bluetooth or WiFi network. All of your radio preferences will combine and you even have the ability to craft the perfect playlist together. Say goodbye to silly music dilemmas and get ready to rave with all your friends.

TrackChat: Backtrack seeks to become the ultimate app for the music fanboy or fangirl. We believe that a perfect listening and social music experience is not enough for our loyal followers. Have you ever wanted to ask your favorite artist a question about their musicianship, songwriting, or advice for the future? Look no further. Backtrack is proud to announce that  we will hold monthly Q&A sessions with some of your favorite artists, and let our fans get private access to the event in addition to creating all of the questions! Get ready for the future of digital music.

There has been a time in everyone’s life when you have wanted nothing more than to be a rock star playing music in a stadium filled with screaming fans. Unfortunately, not a lot of people have that opportunity. While developing Backtrack, we started to consider the possibility of making that dream a reality. Music means the world to us, and we swore to make an application dedicated to you and the musicians we love. With Backtrack, we envision a world where anyone could be that rock star and, together, we are going to make your wildest dreams a reality. 

Over the past few years, streaming services have been the source of extreme controversy and outrage within the music industry. Whether it is a result of low royalty checks or a service that can only benefit “smaller” artists, our team got together and turned Backtrack into an application dedicated to solving these dilemmas by firmly uniting the music industry with fans and revolutionizing the digital music industry. Here is how we are going to do it:

 

Backtrack’s big ambitions are being hampered by high developmental costs. We want to provide the most inextricable music and social experience possible. However, the cost to develop an iPhone app is extraordinarily high. With your help, we will be able to turn our visions into a fully functional reality on several different platforms. Upon reaching our stretch goal we can begin focusing on providing you with the newest, coolest, and most exclusive song premieres only available on our servers. Furthermore, Backtrack will be finalizing several special contractual agreements with your favorite artists in order to enhance the musical experience. However, the legal paperwork required to make this possible is overwhelmingly arduous and expensive. For the last few months, the executive team of Backtrack has been working feverishly to develop a unique, personalized application, and we are so close to completion. Let’s work together and truly revolutionize the music world.

Risks and challenges

As with any start-up, Backtrack faces a series of challenges and obstacles to overcome. Most notably, the development of Backtrack will require extreme dedication and skill in order to ensure the perfection of our algorithm in addition to slick maneuverability. While Fred and Max have a variety of abilities, unfortunately, we do not possess the adequate coding experience or knowledge to turn our dream into the experience you deserve. If our goal is met, we have decided to work closely with a development company that specializes in music software so we can perfect the user experience through the combination of accessibility and on-point recommendations. The magnitude of Backtrack needs the help of fellow music lovers in order to truly create the greatest, most revolutionary adventure ever. So let's work together and change the way music is enjoyed forever.

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  • Backtrack is a subscription service that will cost $7 dollars a month. However, new users will be able to try Backtrack for 14 days on us.

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  • In order to build the library of "20 million songs", Backtrack's legal team has to communicate with representatives from labels and aggregators. Furthermore, Backtrack needs to come to an agreement with companies such as ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, for the rights of the music. After the negotiations are finalized and we have come to equal terms, Backtrack will acquire the large database.

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  • As a music lover, I always felt as though there was something missing from the established music applications. While the competition and extreme market saturation will be a challenge, Backtrack offers an entirely new experience. Here's what I mean: our mission focuses on more than just listening to every song in the world. We want you to actively share new discoveries or old favorites with all your friends in the comfort of your own home or in a group setting through Ravetrack. For us, social interactivity is the future of music and we wanted to bring it to you first.

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  • Yes. Backtrack is comprised of two vital components: The Music Lovers and The Music Creators. For the music creators, we are building a community of producers, managers, artists, and representatives of the labels in order to facilitate discoveries, collaborations, and, most importantly, communication. Backtrack's vision with this was to give both established and independent artists a chance for success by connecting them with the people that could really make it happen. Royalty rates are the subject for much controversy in the streaming world, and we understand that Backtrack alone cannot solve this issue. However, we intend to provide alternatives where artists can make more money through services provided by Backtrack.

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