Spotify is scrapping tens of thousands of songs created with artificial intelligence (AI). That in itself is of course not prohibited. But research has shown that the listening figures of these songs were manipulated.
All the songs in question were uploaded via the company Boomy, which lets subscribers quickly generate songs using AI and upload them to various streaming platforms. The more the tracks are listened to, the more they yield, because the amount of royalties that are paid out also increases. But Spotify discovered, after being alarmed by music giant Universal Music, that the streaming numbers were wrong. Software has been used that pretends to be a real listener, but that is a cover to bypass the system. The company immediately removed about 7% of all songs that were put on Spotify via Boomy.
Boomy says he regrets the course of events, and says he did not realize that there was manipulation. It is currently negotiating with Spotify to put part of the catalog back online. After all, it brings them a fortune because more than 14 million songs have now been created. The music world is extremely concerned about the rise of AI, as it further facilitates fraud. As early as 2021, it turned out that up to 3 percent of all streams on Spotify, Deezer and Qobuz in 2021 were fraudulent.
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