A sound-alike is a cover song so similar to the original, that the average listener would have a hard time telling the original and cover apart. Soundrop does not distribute sound-alike content
- If we can’t tell your version from the original, we don't know if you are using audio you may not have rights to.
- We don’t want to distribute something that would cause confusion for customers and problems for you. We want to be sure your music is available everywhere, and not removed from a store for a rules violation.
Our review team decides whether something is sound-alike by asking a simple question:
Is there a difference in style, instrumentation, or vocals so that we can tell this is not the original recording?
Important note: This question is asked for both the vocals and backing track / instrumental. This is to be sure the song as a whole is an original cover and not just the vocals.
What about tempo or key?
We cannot accept change in tempo or key only as proof a title is not a sound-alike. Now, we’re not talking about stylistic tempo changes throughout the song or changing a song originally in a major key to a minor key. These fall under “difference in style” above. What we’re talking about here is the change in sound when you upload the original track and speed it up or slow it down in audio editing software.
When in doubt, put your style into your cover song. Not only will that stop you from running into issues with sound-alike content, but it will help you build a fan base dedicated to your unique sound.