Facebook has finally launched an app to rival the Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok. The product in question can be best described as an experimental app that has been created keeping budding rappers in mind
According to The Indian Express, the app, which is called BARS, is now available in the Apple App Store in the US and makes it easy to create and share raps so that rappers can focus on and experiment with the content, rather than investing heavily in equipment and production.
“Audio production tools can be complicated, expensive and difficult to use. With BARS, you can select one of our professionally-created beats, write lyrics and record yourself dropping bars,” Facebook said in a statement on Friday.
“BARS auto-suggests rhymes as you’re writing to keep your flow going. You can also jump into Challenge mode and freestyle with auto-suggested word cues. Choose from a variety of audio and visual filters to take your creations to the next level,” the company added.
The BARS app is currently in the beta testing stage. It is available only on Apple’s App Store in the US. The app allows users to choose one of their professionally-created beats. They can just focus on the lyrics and record themselves to these beats. In addition, the app helps rappers finetune their craft as well with the help of auto-suggested rhymes while the user is writing. There is a challenge mode as well where users can freestyle with auto-suggested word cues.
Facebook’s internal R&D group, the New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team, is behind the new experimental app. BARS is NPE Team’s second launch in the music space, following its public debut of music video app Collab last year.
The app doesn’t really require any formal rap or hip-hop training, so even if you consider yourself a novice, ypu can surely give this app a shot. “You can create something great whether you’ve just thought of a dope couplet or have been freestyling for years,” Facebook said in its statement.