iTunes To Block Soundalike Cover Songs
February 5, 2015 at 8:11 AM (PT)
iTUNES is cracking down on covers of "tribute songs" after customer complaints about downloading versions they thought to be original, reports the DIGITAL MUSIC NEWS.
The APPLE music store's most recent STYLE GUIDE states that for cover or “tribute” songs, they will no longer accept any song title or artist name with the original artist name listed, like “Problem (Originally performed by ARIANA GRANDE)” or Artist: The BILLY JOEL Tribute Band. Any cover song that sounds too similar to the original recording will be blocked.
iTUNES states for track titles: Do not use phrases such as “Originally Performed By,” “In the Style of,” “Tribute to,” or “Cover of.”
The store makes an exception for Karaoke tracks, allowing the original artist name in the track title only if it is clarified as “Originally performed by… (original artist name).” However, the song must clearly be marked as a karaoke version.
The only exception for cover songs is to include the artist name in the album title. But, the album title cannot start with the artist name. "A Tribute To BOB SEGER' is acceptable, but "BOB SEGER Tribute" is not.
On the other hand, both SPOTIFY and YOUTUBE continue to accept any song, artist or album title.