Trebel Music app strikes a chord, but needs some tweaking | Culture & Leisure
A new app called Trebel Music seeks to change the way young people access music. At first glance, it looks like the free versions of Spotify or Pandora – users get access to free music and pay for it by watching ads. However, Trebel does come with a twist.
“We compete with the torrent sites,” said Gary Mekikian, CEO of M&M Media, the company that created Trebel Music. “Trebel is not a streaming service… We are not a radio service. We are a download and playback service.
Free music downloads? Can this triple me?
With Trebel, a user can download any song from the app’s catalog and then play that song without streaming. This way, users have the freedom to play the songs they want without having to pay any fees. This way, Trebel Music mirrors torrent sites, but with Trebel, artists are paid for their work.
Trebel remunerates artists by filling the application with advertisements. Every time you see or watch an advertisement, you earn digital currency which allows you to listen to the songs you have downloaded. This digital currency is what pays artists for their music.
Mekikian sees Trebel as a solution to a problem. Because most young people are not yet making big incomes, Mekikian says they are more attracted to illegal music downloads. However, when this happens, artists are not paid for their work.
Trebel does not intend to replace the purchase of music, but rather a solution for students and other young people who cannot afford to buy music or pay for premium services.
“Those young people who can afford to pay for… premium services should definitely do it,” Mekikian said.
The app was released this month on Android and iOS for students and will be available nationwide after further testing.
3.5 / 5 stars
Overall my experience with Trebel Music has been positive but certainly not flawless. The unique concept of the app allows users to play for free without wasting part of an expensive data plan or waiting for buffering. When using the app, however, it seemed like more effort had been put into social and cosmetic features than the app’s real selling point.
That being said, these social and cosmetic features work well to improve the user experience.
The most iconic feature of the app is that when you listen to a song, the album cover spins like a record. You can even interact with the virtual disk by spinning it forward to go forward in the song, or spinning it backward to rewind.
This feature is effective, but it would have been nice to have more interactivity. On a real record, you hear a certain sound effect when you spin the vinyl manually. The absence of this sound in the app makes it seem like something is missing, but such a small detail is also forgivable.
Plus, Trebel Music automatically generates a new color scheme based on any album art, and a flick of your phone will save that color scheme to your settings.
This is one of my favorite features because it helps me feel more attached to the app. When I open Trebel and see the color palette of “Old Lives” by Benjamin Gibbard, I know the app is personalized to my musical taste.
In terms of social features, Trebel takes Spotify’s note. You can share playlists with your friends and even send each other virtual currency.
Trebel then takes the social atmosphere one step further, connecting you with your classmates. Students can see the best songs played and downloaded in their school.
Despite these advantages, it’s clear that Trebel still needs some tweaking.
The app works fine most of the time, but sometimes an error occurs when clicking on a song plays another song instead. I also continued to run into the issue that when listening to a playlist the song would stop at the end rather than skip to the next song.
And, like every new app, you expect to see crashes.
I still prefer my phone’s stock music app for playing music that I paid for, but Trebel is nice for albums that I don’t want to waste money on.
However, it should be remembered that Trebel is a new app and many of its current issues will likely be resolved in the future. Bugs are common in all new software, but the concept and design of Trebel is worth the download.