BYE-BYE bootleggers. The Tay streaming service, introduced to ensure singers get a fair deal, has now been introduced to Myanmar. Fans will now have to pay for the songs they share. Singers Yan Yan Chan and Babu have created an app for Myanmar songs.
At the October 18 launch at Yangon’s Novotel, Babu said singers had suffered the theft of their songs via the internet for too long.
“Bootlegged CDs never sold many copies, because they had to be recorded. But with MP3, all you have to do is push a button to send a song to a dozen friends simultaneously.
“If the CD brought in the age of the bootlegger, mp3s brought in free-of-charge sharing.”
Urging the audience to do the right thing and not misuse the technology, Babu said the Tay service would charge users K90 to listen for a day and K450 for the week.
Tay will be available as an internet package, and can be paid for via a phone bill from Telenor or Ooredoo, or downloaded from Google Play store or One Mobile applications.
Singers, producers, songwriters, editors and players have been invited to cooperate and will received their fees calculated on the basis of how many listeners they have generated.
“If 1 million people listen to Ko Myo Kyawt Myaing’s song 20 times a day or 1000 times a week we will calculate his earnings based on those figures,” said Babu, adding that all others involved in the production would receive fees in proportion.
Singer Yan Yan Chan said the Tay streaming service application will be released to audiences in December.
With the help of technical assistance from abroad, the process of creating the application is two-thirds complete, she said.
Myo Kyawt Myaing, who attended the introduction ceremony said, “Artists want everybody everywhere to be able to access their work. The technology has to keep up with our performance.
Myo Kyawt Myaing Singer
– Translation by Win Thaw Tar