Clubhouse faces tremendous competition from the big companies who want to own the live audio space, but it may come out of it in a specific way. The company is launching a new music mode that could make it a better place to play – and listen to – live music, ahead of Amazon’s reported entry into this space, and as Twitter began rolling out “paid spaces.” Where musicians could organize shows as well. Spotify also has its own live audio app.
If you’re a Clubhouse musician or enjoy listening to music live on the app, the new Music Mode “optimizes Clubhouse to stream your music in high-quality stereo sound,” according to the company’s blog. Clubhouse doesn’t say what that means by high quality, but it also does mention that you can now plug in professional gear, like a micro USB or mixer, and use it while your broadcast. Clubhouse already added spatial audio in late August, making conversations more like a crowded room than a flat audio call.
You can easily turn on Music mode by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner of a room, selecting Audio quality, and then choosing Music. If you just want to listen to the performance, however, you won’t have to do anything – just sit back and enjoy the stereo sound from your headphones, speakers, or your phone itself.
Clubhouse also noted that its recently introduced Clips feature – which allows you to capture a 30-second recording – will also support stereo sound, so if you decide to save a clip of a performance in Music mode, the audio quality will remain. the same. Music mode will initially only be available on iOS, but Clubhouse says rollout to Android will follow shortly thereafter.
Besides Music mode, Clubhouse has also updated its search function. The platform will now display the search bar in a more convenient location at the top of your hallway. And what’s more, you’ll also be able to say hello to your friends right from the search bar, a feature that lets you quickly invite friends to a live audio room.
Amazon is far from Clubhouse’s only competitor for live audio. Clubhouse likely learned its lesson last year, when Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Spotify created their own versions of audio-only chat rooms. This all came at a time when Clubhouse was still in an invite-only state, making it more difficult for the app to grow. But now that the app is flourishing, Clubhouse wants to keep as many benefits as possible.