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Spotify will not ban AI-made music






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Artificial intelligence websites like ChatGPT are less than a year old, but they have got people asking many questions. One question is whether music produced by AI is real music. Daniel Ek, the boss of the streaming site Spotify, has answered this question. He said many uses of AI for making music are OK. He told the BBC that Spotify has no plans to ban music created with AI. This includes the auto-tune software that helps singers correct their pitch and add vocal effects. Mr Ek said auto-tunes improves music. Mr Ek did not like software for mimicking (copying) the voice of an artist.

Daniel Ek said AI in music will be debated for "many years". He said the biggest problem is copying the voice of other singers. Spotify deleted one song created by an AI platform. Software copied the voices of the singers Drake, and The Weeknd. Neither Drake nor The Weeknd knew about the song. Mr Ek highlighted how serious the problem of copying singers' voices is. He said: "You can imagine someone uploading a song claiming to be Madonna." He said it will be difficult to know if a song is "sung" by a bot or a human. He said the future of music is going to be "tricky".

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