After a few months of quiet, there’s another ‘fake music’ farrago in the air. The Fader reported that “dozens” of Taylor Swift bootlegs had been uploaded to Spotify as individual ‘podcast’ files. “many of the songs themselves appear to be isolated vocals ripped from Swift’s Lover that have been placed over newly-made acoustic instrumentals,” it reported, describing them as ‘fan-made’ bootlegs. Live recordings from Swift’s last few tours were also uploaded to Spotify.
The streaming service has yet to comment on the report, although the uploads were quickly removed from the service over the weekend. It’s the latest reminder that while we think of services like Spotify as separate to UGC platforms like YouTube and SoundCloud, there are nevertheless loopholes through which user-uploaded content can get onto Spotify (and rivals), with distributors and these DSPs alive to the need to find technology capable of preventing instances like this latest one.