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Spotify will not ban AI-made music, says boss

by Joey De Leon

Spotify CEO, Daniel Ek, has stated that the music streaming platform has no plans to ban content created by artificial intelligence (AI). Earlier this year, Spotify removed a track featuring AI-cloned voices of Drake and The Weeknd, leading to questions about the use of AI in music. Ek believes that AI has valid uses in music creation, such as tools like auto-tune, but is against using AI to impersonate human artists without their consent. He acknowledged that the use of AI in music is likely to be debated for many years. While Spotify does not ban all forms of AI, it prohibits the use of its content to train machine learning models that produce music. Artists have been increasingly speaking out against the use of AI in the creative industries. Hozier, an Irish musician, recently expressed concerns about AI’s threat to his profession. Both Drake and The Weeknd were unaware that their voices were cloned for the track “Heart on My Sleeve” and the song was subsequently removed from streaming platforms. Ek recognized the challenge the industry faces regarding AI and stated that Spotify has a large team working on addressing these issues. In addition to discussing AI, Ek also talked about Spotify’s significant investment in podcasts and its views on regulation.

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