Friday, February 6, 2015

iTunes To Block Sound-Alike Covers

Cover songs image
Many up and coming artists have found cover songs to be the ticket to gaining a larger audience. While this is a tried and proven method on Youtube, taking it to iTunes will no longer receive the same reception. Digital Music News reports that sound-alike cover songs will now be banned from the service.

iTunes is really trying to clean itself up after years of complaints about people buying a song only to find out it's a tribute or cover, or even worse, a cover by the real artist. Many artists re-record a track in order to cut the record company out of the royalty pipeline. It may sound close, but it's not the original and usually you can tell.

The latest iTunes Style Guide (here's a link to the previous one) apparently says that track titles that state "Originally performed by," "In the style of," "Tribute to," or "Cover of" will be automatically rejected. Also, any songs that violate these guidelines that currently are on the library will eventually be taken down.

Karaoke and instrumental versions are the exception, however, as long as they're placed in the correct category.

iTunes will also no longer accept titles that include popular song lyrics either.

This problem is more acute on digital download services where you think you're getting one thing and instead pay for something else. With a streaming service you just move on, trying to find the version that you want, so they don't have the same restrictions in place that iTunes has.


Peter McDonald said...

Will this also impact normal covers that bands do? For example Children of Bodom released Skeletons In The Closet. Every song on the album is a cover.

There are of course many bands who also have covers as bonus tracks.

Bobby Owsinski said...

This is aimed at artists who are deceptively similar with their music, Peter. There are style guidelines that Apple publishes so a legit cover causes no problem for the customer or the artist.

Peter McDonald said...

Ahh ok thanks Bobby I mis understood slightly.

I have almost bought a couple of things on iTunes myself of this nature but realised in time. Another thing that I find quite annoying in iTunes is when they have albums that are incomplete.

LucidSamples said...

useful info thanks. I was trying to upload my samples on itunes but they didnt accept.


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