No, iTunes Isn’t Protecting ISIS, But…

Popbitch, the wonderfully, er, bitchy UK news/gossip site, had this gem in this week’s newsletter:

A UK record producer wanted to release a track under the name IHateIsis.

The track has been accepted happily on most platforms – like YouTube, Soundcloud and others – but iTunes refused to host it. Why?

On account of the name, saying “Our policy is not to distribute content which could be seen as explicitly promoting hatred towards any individual or organisation.”

Good old iTunes, sticking up for the constantly persecuted ISIS. Digging in their heels got results too as the artist  changed his name to AntiHate – just for the iTunes store.

Bloody algorithms, huh? More here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “No, iTunes Isn’t Protecting ISIS, But…

  • August 15, 2016 at 10:57 pm
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    Well, if you’ve got nothing to add to a pretty good song except 4/4 thump and a chorus of maybe-girls, I guess a gimmicky name might get a few people to stream your song.

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