Spotify Purges 10,000 AI-generated Songs from Its Catalog to Stop Bots from Stealing Royalties
Spotify has purged tens of thousands of songs generated by its AI software from its massive digital music library.
Spotify has deleted 10,000 AI-generated songs from its massive digital music library in order to address listener concerns. While Spotify used proprietary software to develop the songs, the problem appears to have been that the listeners were also created using AI software.
According to the Financial Times, Spotify temporarily disabled new uploads from Boomy last week to stop suspected automated streams of the AI music startup.
The Boomy music generator has been a prominent player in the AI music market. It was founded in 2021 and allows users to design their own tracks based on specific emotions. If you want to blast out a hip-hop tune with Reggae overtones, for example, just enter those keywords into Boomy, and you will get an original song. Users can then publish Boomy tracks onto streaming services and receive royalties from them.
Spotify has reportedly taken action against Boomy, a music model that allegedly generates fraudulent streaming traffic based on suspected bot activity. Spotify shut down approximately seven percent of Boomy’s tracks as a result of the Universal Music Group’s alert.
Spotify confirmed to Gizmodo that it has recently placed a ban on Boomy due to artificial streaming detection. A Spotify spokesperson provided the following statement on the issue: “Spotify has been working to stamp out artificial streaming since throughout the industry. When we identify or are alerted to potential stream manipulation instances, we mitigate their effects by removing streaming numbers and withholding royalties. This ensures honest, hardworking artists get paid up royalty payments.”
In a post on its Discord channel this week, the company said “It was pleased to share that curated delivery of new releases by Boomy artists has been reenabled.” It added that it is “categorically against any type of manipulation or artificial streaming. The problem of fake audiences listening to fake music when using automated streams is greatly reduced if AI music is not a problem. With this problem, however, we are hard pressed to find a more outlandish way of committing fraud.”
The music industry is having a difficult time with the “generative AI” revolution, even if you ask someone who doesn’t mind the tech. You can use AI to create new songs by singing them back using her ethereal synthpop elf Grimes’s voice. AI music is a beautiful evolution of the art form, but Drake would tell you he’s pretty upset about it being created online. The Universal Music Group would tell you that AI music is “fraud” and should be removed from streaming services.
AI music has been the subject of a lot of backlash and concern, too, as it makes its debut in automation. AI adherents have claimed that their devices will change the world for the better, but so far, their products seem to be just filling the internet with synthetic junk.
- Generative AI is expected to generate $500 billion in economic value by the end of the decade. Venture capital firms say it could generate trillions of dollars of economic value.
- Spotify is investigating whether musicians could sell their NFTs on the platform. NFTs offer artists better access to fans and can create new opportunities. Spotify surveyed its users about NFTs and found that they were excited about the new monetization opportunities.
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