We keep hearing about the trickery taking place on both Spotify and Apple Music where artists are trying to game the system by posting album length songs of silence that repeat over and over in order to boost royalties. Thankfully, most streaming services are now on the lookout for these fakes, but there is one blank track that’s now racing up the iTunes chart that is totally legit.
The 10 minute song is called “A a a a a Very Good Song” by Samir Mesrahi actually solves a problem. On some vehicles, when an iPhone is plugged into the car’s USB port the music playback begins automatically starting in alphabetical order at the top of the user’s iTunes library. As a result users will hear the same songs beginning with “A” every time they plug their iPhone into their car.
“A a a a a Very Good Song” gives the user around 10 minutes to go through their library without having to hear the same song all over again. Samir is charging 99 cents to download the track and as a result, it’s actually beginning to climb the iTunes charts.
That being said, if you have a car with Apple Carplay this isn’t an issue because it picks up with the track you left off with. And of course you can always record your own version of silence and upload it.
Still, you have to admire Samir’s problem solving on this one.