Soundalike ‘in the style of’ recordings are one of the prime sources of digital-music clutter, but it seems Apple is having a crackdown. According to Digital Music News, the latest iTunes style guide warns artists and labels that song titles and artist names mentioning an original artist (“Happy Originally Performed by Pharrell Williams” for example) will not be acceptable.
Nor, in fact, will covers that sound too similar to the original recording. The sole exception will be karaoke recordings, although they’ll need to be clearly marked as such, and won’t appear in searches for the original song unless ‘karaoke’ is also specified. The report compares Apple’s policy to the anything-goes catalogues of streaming services – perhaps it’s the nudge they need to start a similar clean-up.