Who is pulling their music from spotify1 min readReading Time: < 1 minutes
Spotify is a music streaming service that allows users to listen to their favorite songs and artists for free, or with a premium subscription. However, a number of high-profile artists have recently pulled their music from the platform.
Most notably, Taylor Swift pulled her entire catalog from the service in 2014, citing that Spotify was not fairly compensating artists. She later released her album "1989" on Apple Music, which has a subscription model that pays artists more per stream.
In addition, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released his album "Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes" on BitTorrent, criticizing Spotify for its low payouts to artists. He stated, "Spotify is not the enemy, it’s the way the business is set up."
Other artists who have pulled their music from Spotify include The Black Keys, Adele, and Coldplay.
The reasons for these artists’ decisions vary, but most seem to agree that Spotify does not pay artists fairly. While Spotify has argued that it pays out over $2 billion to rights holders, artists argue that this money is not distributed fairly, and that it is difficult to make a living from streaming royalties alone.
It will be interesting to see whether more artists follow in Taylor Swift’s and Thom Yorke’s footsteps and pull their music from Spotify in the coming years.