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Will AI take over the music Industry?

Ever since the beginning of AI’s creation, there have been over ten different models of Artificial Intelligence (AI) music, according to an article from Complex. These models were developed by companies such as Google and Apple. It’s all thanks to AI platforms, such as Boomy, that created the craze to create more AI music, allowing users to upload music to mainstream streaming services like Spotify. There is, however, one problem. Usually, if you have an idea for a song, you would develop it, write it, and then send it to producers. However, when it comes to AI, that all goes down the drain since AI does all the creative work. And according to Complex’s article, they explained that “To see the same barriers collapsing in the creative process means that the playing field of who can be an “artist,” in the sense of being an active participant in the music economy, will continue to increase dramatically.” As developers made better AI each day, they also improved AI music. However, according to The Week US, dating from the early days of AI-generated music, it caused copyright infringement, like the hit song from Drake and The Weekend’s Heart on My Sleeve. “Royalty-free music generators can be used now to compose a rap beat, a commercial jingle or a film score, cutting into an already fragile economy for working musicians,” said Joe Coscarelli from the New York Times.

            And although the concept of AI music sounds interesting on paper, I have concluded that we are better off with AI-generated covers of preexisting music rather than it creating new music. It’s all evident from this article from Variety which asked, “From all the fake Drakes and Eminems that are found on the Internet, who’s going to get paid?” Not many expectations are being placed on AI music, and according to Danielle Aguirre, Exec VP and General Counsel at the National Music Publishers Association, “I think we are cautiously optimistic. A lot of writers are embracing the technology and are using it as part of the creative process. We’re looking for a path forward where a lot of these AI platforms can respect the value of the musical works they’re using to ‘train’ their platforms, and we can find a way to work with them to license the uses.”

With that, I often wonder, if AI does advance in the future (which I’m sure it will), would there be enough emotion in the AI music to be completely convincing? Perhaps, but both Complex and Variety are “cautiously optimistic” because, on the one hand, it’s pretty cool and exciting to use AI to create music. On the other hand, however, AI must be used with mindfulness and caution due to the ongoing debate on whether or not the creation of AI music should be considered copyright infringement.


Will AI destroy the music industry? (msn.com)

AI vs. the Music Industry: With the Internet Full of Fake Drakes and Eminems, Who Gets Paid? (msn.com)

How Will AI Impact The Future of Music? | Complex

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