The pop star, 24, removed her entire collection of tracks from the streaming service earlier this month after arguing that musicians should not “undervalue their art” by letting fans listen to their songs for free.
Musicians against Spotify
Musicians against Spotify
1/10 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift does not what her work to be used as an 'experiment' by Spotify and believes that artists are treated unfairly. She withdrew her entire catalogue in November 2014.
2/10 Thom Yorke
The Radiohead frontman famously described Spotify as 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse' in October 2013.
3/10 David Byrne
David Byrne of Talking Heads wrote about not understanding Spotify's claim of discovery in a Guardian op-ed. 'The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left,' he said.
Beck dismissed the Spotify model as 'not working' because of how little it pays musicians. He added that the 'saddest thing' about streaming is the poor sound quality - 'It's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone'.
5/10 The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach has described Spotify's payment to artists as 'so minuscule it's laughable'. 'If you are a bigger band that's already known and you rely on record sales for a living then it's really no place to be,' he said.
6/10 Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke's other band refused to let Spotify stream their songs. Nigel Godrich from the group described the service as 'an equation that just doesn't work'. 'Small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right,' he said.
7/10 Yannis Philippakis
The Foals singer said he would rather that somebody stole his record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. He described using Spotify as like going to a top class restaurant and leaving only coppers without paying the bill.
8/10 Aimee Mann
The US singer-songwriter has not put her music on Spotify because she does not think artists make a fair amount of money from the streaming service.
9/10 Grizzly Bear
The band tweeted in 2012 that Spotify provides a great service for people but does as much to help bands as 'downloading from Limewire'.
10/10 Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell of Drive-By Truckers has used the single word 'evil' to describe Spotify.
But while many supported her decision, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg criticised it as “corporate power play” and claimed that fans would soon see Swift’s tunes on Google’s similar new service.
“On pulling her music from Spotify recently, [Swift] made a big issue of the fact that the majority of the streaming service’s users listen to her tracks for nothing rather than signing up to the subscription service,” Bragg wrote in a long Facebook post.
“These worthy sentiments have been somewhat undermined by Swift making her new album and back catalogue available on Google’s new Music Key streaming service which also offers listeners a free service alongside a premium subscription tier.
“She should just be honest with her fans and say, ‘Sorry but [Google co-founder] Sergey Brin gave me a huge amount of money to be the headline name […] and so I’ve sold my soul to Google’.”
Swift, however, gave her own reasons for quitting Spotify. “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music,” she told Yahoo.
“I didn’t like the perception that it was putting forth and so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”
Now, Swift’s spokesperson has stepped in to back her up, saying in a statement that there has been “absolutely no discussion or agreement of any kind with Google’s new music streaming service”.
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Daniel Ek, Spotify CEO, recently said that Swift is forgoing a possible £3.7 million with her decision to leave the service.
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