Trebel Music app aims to bring free tunes to students – The Daily Utah Chronicle
When you hear about “completely free music downloads” the first thing you think of is an illegal music download site. On these illegal sites, however, there is no way of actually knowing what you are getting. It could be the song you want or a terrible virus destroying your computer.
Trebel Music seeks to change all of that. Trebel is a fully legal music app that allows users to download songs without having to pay.
“A lot of students have limited incomes and look to MP3 converter sites and free trials of subscription services to save money,” said Corey Jones, product manager at M&M Media, Inc., the company behind the application. “Trebel is for students who can’t afford to pay but want full control over what they listen to. “
The way it works is simple. The app displays advertisements while the user browses the music, and for each advertisement played, the user receives virtual coins. The user can then spend these coins on songs for download. While downloading, another ad is played and more coins are earned. The user already has to wait for the song to download, as they would on iTunes or some illegal site, then they can watch the ad as well. Once a song has been downloaded, the user owns it. It can be listened to offline and added to playlists.
Playlists created by one user are available to other users. This allows listeners to find other people with similar musical tastes and discover new music that way. These shareable playlists are just one aspect of the social side of Trebel. Listeners can also see what music is popular in their school and follow other students. In addition to filtering users by school, someone can also find their friends if they connect their Trebel account to their Facebook account. By following Friends, users can see which artists their friends like and listen to their friends’ playlists.
The social side of the app makes it clear that this is an app for a younger generation. M&M Media CEO Gary Mekikian may not be a millennial, but his daughters, Juliette and Grace Mekikian are. The two girls helped create the app.
“It was important for us to give young people the responsibility of designing and running the app,” said Juliette. “Trebel is built by millennials for millennials.”
Plus, everyone who gave their opinion on the app design was under the age of 24, and it shows. The app is simple to navigate, attractive and easy to view. For example, if someone doesn’t like the background colors in the app, they can change them just by selecting an album cover and turning it into a color palette.
In addition to the design and social aspects aimed at the college age generation, Trebel is also partnering with Lyft, a rideshare service popular among college students. Since Trebel’s target audience is low-budget students, their relationship with Lyft provides students with discounted rides. When someone installs Trebel, they will receive $ 20 off their first Lyft ride. While this only applies to novice users, it is definitely a plus.
“The only thing better than free music downloads are free music downloads and free rides,” Jones said.
Trebel is currently being rolled out to some universities with high rates of music streaming. The U is one of the few American colleges chosen to participate in the application demo. U students will be some of the first to use Trebel, which is pretty cool. For those with iPhones, Trebel is now available for download (free, of course) from the App Store.
The simplicity, convenience, and economy of the app will no doubt make it a serious contender for pay-per-download sites like iTunes. After all, who would say no to free music? But Trebel is also an alternative to subscription streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. While not a streaming service per se, it has many advantages over streaming services: users don’t have to pay to listen offline like they do on Spotify. , and ads don’t disrupt users’ listening experience. Trebel is a legal and secure alternative to illegal downloads.