Spotify Cleanses Its Catalog: AI-Generated Songs Vanish

Ai-generated songs

Spotify removes thousands of AI-generated songs due to copyright concerns and the prioritizing of original content from artists.

  • Ethical considerations extend beyond AI creating music to using musicians’ voices without consent.
  • The music industry’s appetite for content may favor AI-generated music, potentially leaving human artists behind.

The music industry recently hit a new milestone in its fight against AI-generated songs. Spotify has taken down thousands of AI-generated songs. Concerns surrounding copyright issues and the desire to prioritize original content from artists played a major role in the streaming services provider’s decision. This development sheds light on the ethical and practical challenges associated with AI-generated music. But the issue goes beyond artificial music.

Unpopular Opinion

I’m not against the ethical use of artificially intelligent music tools. They can be very versatile and add a new dimension to the final product. It can be used in a similar capacity to autotune. That is as long as you are the creative mind behind the track itself and not asking the AI to do all the work, just for you to take all the credit for it.

The Ethicality of It All

The whole debate about AI-generated songs is not just centered around the bot writing it from start to finish. There is also the fact that a number of these songs use musicians’ voices. Can you imagine waking up one day to the announcement that Michael Jackson dropped a new album? Copying music styles is one thing but stealing someone’s voice! What is this reality?! The Little Mermaid?

Some artists did approve the use of their voice in AI-generated projects in exchange for a certain percentage of the royalties. The Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Grimes, for example, said she would indeed share 50% of profits on any successful AI-generated song that uses her voice. But most artists have yet to consent to anything of the sort. I truly believe that this situation gives an additional meaning to the word “violating.”

Impact on Artists and the Music Industry

It is no secret that the music industry is a hungry, hungry hippo. The more the artist can generate, the happier the industry is. I mean look at K-pop stars. They are worked to the bone. Can you imagine what will happen to artists incapable of generating music as fast as AI? The industry will eat them alive. Either they get with the program or be left behind as the labels decide to focus on AI-generated songs. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: we are moving towards manufacturing art rather than creating it. may we never see the day they disturb the departed for post-humous money and fame.

Final Thoughts

I don’t know what to tell you. Companies out there just want money. And quick money at that. And AI is just the thing for them. Some may find Spotify’s measures a little overboard, but it needs to protect its own integrity and the artists on its platforms. At least this time, Taylor Swift didn’t have to pull her discography off the platform for them to do something.

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