It turns out that services like Spotify also suffer from the “creativity” of artificial intelligence: in recent months, the music industry has faced an increase in the number of songs created by AI which then fill streaming platforms.
Spotify has removed approximately 7% of all tracks from music startup Boomy, which specializes in creating music using AI — according to analysts, this is “the equivalent of tens of thousands of songs.” Additionally, record giant Universal Music notified all major streaming platforms of suspicious streaming activity on Boomy’s tracks, according to people familiar with the matter.
At the same time, the main problem is not the threat of competition from artificial intelligence to live musicians, but the so-called “artificial streaming”, which was discovered on Boomy’s tracks — the dominance of online bots that pretend to be ordinary listeners and aritifically increase the audience of certain songs.
This phenomenon has been known before, but the emergence of tools for creating music with the help of AI has made this kind of fraud much easier — now anyone can generate many music tracks in a matter of seconds, which can then be uploaded to a streaming platform, and “introduced” to bots for “listening” to receive royalties.
And Boomy, which allows you to create music in different styles according to simple descriptions, has become an ideal tool — according to official information, its users have already generated more than 14 million “songs”. Spotify has already officially confirmed that some of Boomy’s content was removed due to artificial streaming.
It should be noted that the creation of music with the help of AI is no longer news, as Boomy was launched two years ago, but the problem of artificial streaming of such tracks has gained momentum only in recent months, with the proliferation of special services that allow you to easily inflate the number of listens.