The music industry has been facing a growing challenge with the rise of artificial intelligence AI generated songs and artificial streaming. As a leading player in the audio streaming business, Spotify is taking action against this trend by removing tens of thousands of songs from AI music start-up Boomy.
A New Frontier in Music Fraud
Artificial streaming has become a significant concern for the music industry. Online bots posing as human listeners can easily inflate audience numbers for specific tracks, taking advantage of the simplicity with which AI-generated music can be created and uploaded. This fraudulent activity undermines the integrity of streaming platforms and affects the livelihood of genuine artists.
Boomy, a California-based AI music start-up, enables users to create machine-generated tracks by selecting various styles or descriptors. Once their music is produced, users can release it on streaming services to generate royalty payments. Boomy claims that its users have already created more than 14 million songs, contributing to the flood of content on streaming platforms.
Spotify's Response to the Crisis
As the largest audio streaming platform, Spotify has taken a stand against artificial streaming and music fraud by removing tens of thousands of Boomy's AI-generated tracks. This decisive move came after Universal Music, a recording giant, flagged suspicious streaming activity on Boomy tracks across all major streaming platforms. Spotify's commitment to addressing the issue of artificial streaming sends a strong message to the industry.
The music industry is becoming increasingly aware of the potential risks associated with AI-generated music, including copyright issues and the manipulation of streaming systems. Universal Music's CEO, Lucian Grainge, has spoken out about the need to address the issue of AI-generated content and its potential impact on existing copyright law.
The battle against AI-generated music fraud is far from over, but Spotify's actions signal a step in the right direction. As the music industry continues to navigate the challenges posed by AI-generated songs and artificial streaming, staying informed about the latest developments is crucial. To keep up to date with the latest news and insights, don't forget to sign up for our newsletter and connect with me on LinkedIn.