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Today, in response to a tweet talking about old untitled song ideas, I mentioned that I had a strange file called “t.mp3” sitting in my downloads folder that had been there for years and have no attached metadata or hint as to where it came from. It appeared to be a complete recording of a chiptune song, and it sounded very nice, but I had no way of knowing the original source. To my surprise, someone else had heard the song and hunted down a source on youtube: S0 C1os3 - H4X0r.

But something was wrong. That video was uploaded in 2019. The file I had was last modified in January 2010, over 10 years ago, and for that matter it had been sitting in my downloads folder for almost as long. Perhaps the artist simply hadn't uploaded it to YouTube until recently? I decided to scroll through the comments, and discovered that someone posted the real name of the track: “So Close” by Floppi. I was even able to find the original XM file, and sure enough, it had been uploaded way back in 2003.

Now, some random person uploading an old song on youtube and trying to take credit isn't really that surprising, but this Youtube channel is special - it's a Topic channel, which is autogenerated from the Google Play Store. It even says in the description, “Provided to YouTube by DistroKid”. DistroKid is a music distribution service that automatically registers and uploads your album to all the major online music stores. I've used a similar service for my own albums, and do in fact have my own autogenerated Topic channel on Youtube, which is… kind of creepy, but that's besides the point.

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Today, in response to a tweet talking about old untitled song ideas, I mentioned that I had a strange file called “t.mp3” sitting in my downloads folder that had been there for years and have no attached metadata or hint as to where it came from. It appeared to be a complete recording of a chiptune song, and it sounded very nice, but I had no way of knowing the original source. To my surprise, someone else had heard the song and hunted down a source on youtube: S0 C1os3 - H4X0r.

But something was wrong. That video was uploaded in 2019. The file I had was last modified in January 2010, over 10 years ago, and for that matter it had been sitting in my downloads folder for almost as long. Perhaps the artist simply hadn't uploaded it to YouTube until recently? I decided to scroll through the comments, and discovered that someone posted the real name of the track: “So Close” by Floppi. I was even able to find the original XM file, and sure enough, it had been uploaded way back in 2003.

Now, some random person uploading an old song on youtube and trying to take credit isn't really that surprising, but this Youtube channel is special - it's a Topic channel, which is autogenerated from the Google Play Store. It even says in the description, “Provided to YouTube by DistroKid”. DistroKid is a music distribution service that automatically registers and uploads your album to all the major online music stores. I've used a similar service for my own albums, and do in fact have my own autogenerated Topic channel on Youtube, which is… kind of creepy, but that's besides the point.

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