/ Songs on Youtube in different key to originals - why?

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Oujmik - on 07 Dec 2012
Weird thing I noticed whilst strumming along to some Mumford and Sons tracks the other day. The versions of Broken Crown and Hopeless Wanderer on Youtube (not live versions or anything, just straight studio versions) are both a semitone lower than the versions on Spotify (and the chords given online). The youtube recordings are also a little longer suggesting they have just been stretched to shift the pitch rather than being different recordings.

But why would anyone do this? I though maybe to hide from copyright police, but they are official versions and are tagged with the song details. It's puzzling me... any ideas?
NorthernGrit - on 07 Dec 2012
In reply to Oujmik:

Perhaps a sample rate mismatch. Somebody uploading 48Khz audio into youtube (which I assume is 44.1Khz) would result in the pitch being lowered.
johnj on 07 Dec 2012 - fibre.melett.com
In reply to Oujmik:

Loads of bands down tune half a step from studio to live, as it often improves tuning. The more out there start shifting concert pitch from 440
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johnj on 07 Dec 2012 - fibre.melett.com
In reply to Oujmik:


helps if i read the op, yeah you can also change pitch by altering bpm

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