But if you are watching that same class as a video from your Peloton at home, that music now requires what is called a sync license, because the music is synchronized with visual media output.
Though music is a popular aspect of the Peloton bikes, the music publishers say in a $150 million lawsuit that the company never obtained permission or paid a licensing fee before using thousands of popular songs. They claim the streaming-exercise-class company used music from artists like Katy Perry, Drake, and Florida Georgia Line in thousands of exercise videos without the proper permissions.
"It is frankly unimaginable that a company of this size and sophistication would think it could exploit music in this way without the proper licenses for this long, and we look forward to getting music creators what they deserve."
David Israelite, chief executive of the National Music Publishers' Association, a trade group representing the plaintiffs, in a statement said music was responsible for much of Peloton's business success. The case is Downtown Music Publishing LLC et al v Peloton Interactive Inc, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 19-02426.
That's a fair judgment, according to what Peloton co-founder and CEO John Foley told CNBC recently.
"We just received the complaint this morning, and we are evaluating it", a representative from Peloton told The Verge.
To Peloton, that amount is tantamount to half of its 2017 revenue, but probably only a fraction of last year's.
Peloton likely became a legal target as it grew beyond its startup phase and became a household name, experts say.
Peloton is planning to go public this year and is rumored to be worth $4 billion. After seeing some stops and starts in the IPO market, Peloton's IPO may have run into yet another snag before it can get out of the gate.
Peloton has sold more than 400,000 of its signature $2,000 bikes and began delivering treadmills in 2018. "In fact, we have partnered with each of the major music publishers, record labels and performing rights organisations and many leading independents".