Why did neil young take his music off spotify2 min readReading Time: < 1 minutes
In May of this year, Neil Young announced that he was removing all of his music from Spotify. In a statement on his website, Young said that he was "taking his music off of Spotify" because the streaming service was "too small a fraction" of how people listen to music and that it "does not fairly compensate the writers, producers, and performers of this music."
Spotify responded to Young’s announcement by saying that they were "disappointed" and that they believed that their "model respects the rights of artists."
So why did Neil Young take his music off of Spotify?
There are a few different reasons that Young might have decided to remove his music from Spotify.
One reason is that Young is a longtime advocate of artists’ rights and he may believe that Spotify does not pay artists enough royalties. In his statement on his website, Young said that Spotify was "taking advantage of the musicians" and that the service was "not fair to the people who create the music."
Another reason is that Young may believe that Spotify is harming the music industry by contributing to the decline in album sales. In his statement, Young said that Spotify was "a great service for people who don’t care about music" and that the service was "killing the music business."
A final reason is that Young may simply believe that streaming music is not a good way to listen to music. In his statement, Young said that "Spotify is not the answer" and that he believes that people should "buy music the old-fashioned way, on vinyl."
It’s unclear why Young specifically decided to remove his music from Spotify, but it’s possible that he believes that the service is not good for artists or the music industry.