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‘Connecting People Through Music’: Senior Nero Tyagi Creates Aux App For Downtown Bars

Tired of waving your phone around with a song request or never being able to listen to your favorite songs at the bar?

Worry no more — the Aura Music App has you covered.

Aura Music is an app that allows bar-goers to take control of the aux by paying to request songs and moving them up in the queue. The app was created by Nero Tyagi, a senior from India studying aerospace engineering, who partnered with another student, Elliot Worrall, as well as Alex Devic, a State College-based app developer.

The app serves both the party animals and the DJs, who are able to run their sets more smoothly.

The app’s description on the Apple App Store dubs it, “A new way for you to interact with music.”

“Imagine if eBay and a jukebox had a child together,” the description continues. “You can now go to your favorite club and request whatever song you’d like! Compete with your friends to play your favorite songs first. Win over the crowd with your music. You can even request songs collectively to play the crowd favorites before everything else.”

“I always wanted to build a social media app that helps people connect with music,” Tyagi said. “Back in freshman year, I kind of realized that a lot of people like to learn about what people listened to. And I noticed this trend on TikTok and a lot of songs started getting famous from TikTok… I initially wanted to create a social media app for music, but then I soon realized that to have any social media in such a saturated market, you need to have a user base.”

Tyagi started going to bars once he turned 21 and was introduced to TouchTunes, a platform that some bars downtown use for requesting music. Tyagi realized that TouchTunes didn’t have a requesting feature that allowed bar-goers to see what songs were up next while simultaneously allowing them to get their song of choice played at that moment, especially when there was a live DJ.

Aura was initially released via App Store in April 2022. Since its release, Tyagi has been trying to get bars on board to play music using his app, starting with the Phyrst.

Courtesy of Nero Tyagi

Aura launched at the popular spot for newly-21 students on Wednesday, February 8, during its “Piano Fight Club” night.

The app will be in use at Bill Pickle’s Tap Room on Tuesday, February 21, during its widely popular “Country Tuesdays,” and then at The Basement on Thursday, February 23.

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Evan Halfen

Evan Halfen is a junior broadcast journalism major from Newark, DE, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. Evan loves all things Penn State, tailgating, being loud, just about any beach, and his puppies, Butterscotch and Wentzy. You can direct all your tips, roasts, and jokes to his Instagram: @evan.halfen or email: [email protected].

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