Very interesting. I’m hardly a Spotify power user, but I am a regular user, and I primarily search by artist names, then follow Spotify’s recommendations to find similar music.
So I’ve seldom fallen down the rabbit hole of unknown artists gaming the system like you’re discussing.
Sometimes, however, I do intentionally search for white noise to help me sleep, and your article explains why I have had such an easy time finding it.
For me, that’s a plus. Fascinating, though, to see how people are gaming the system. I never would have imagined it.