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Thom Yorke, Atoms For Peace pull music from Spotify

on July 14, 2013, 1:02pm

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As of today, Spotify is lacking a good chunk of music by Thom Yorke. Both Yorke’s 2006 solo album, The Eraser, and the full-length debut by Atoms For Peace, Amok, have been pulled from the streaming music service.

Radiohead producer and Atoms For Peace member Nigel Godrich announced the decision on Twitter Sunday morning, writing, “Anyway. Here’s one. We’re off of spotify.. Can’t do that no more man.. Small meaningless rebellion… Someone gotta say something. It’s bad for new music..” Godrich has also pulled the debut album from his side-project, Ultraísta.

He elaborated further on the decision, writing:

“The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model.. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work. The music industry is being taken over by the back door and if we don’t try and make it fair for new music producers and artists then the art will suffer. Make no mistake. These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system. The numbers don’t even add up for spotify yet.. But it’s not about that.. It’s about establishing the model which will be extremely valuable. Meanwhile small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on. It’s just not right. Plus people are scared to speak up or not take part as they are told they will lose invaluable exposure if they don’t play ball. Meanwhile Millions of streams gets them a few thousand dollars.. Not like radio at all.. Anyway. Thems the breaks. Opinions welcome.. but discussion and new thinking necessary.. If you have a massive catalogue – a major label… for example.. then you’re quids in. It’s money for old rope.. But making new recorded music needs funding.. Some records can be made in a laptop, but some need musician and skilled technicians.. These things cost money.. Pink floyds catalogue has already generated billions of dollars for someone(not necessarily the band) so now putting it on a streaming site makes total sense.. But if people had been listening to spotify instead of buying records in 1973… I doubt very much if dark side would have been made.. It would just be too expensive… I think the point is – that streaming suits catalogue.. But cannot work as a way of supporting new artists work.. Spotify and the like either have to address that fact and change the model for new releases or else all new music producers should be bold and vote with their feet. They have no power without new music..”

Most of Radiohead’s back catalog still remains available on Spotify, including 2011’s The King of Limbs, which was self-released by the band. (2007’s In Rainbows has never been available on Spotify, but is available on other streaming music services.)

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Dan R
July 15, 2013 at 11:32 am

The quality is great if you actually pay for a premium service. And Spotify helps get the bands name out there. Artists don’t make shit off record sales, the labels do. If I find a new artist on Spotify or similar, I am more likely to see them live, which they do make money off of. Had it not been for those services, I may have never listened in the first place. I read COS every day, and look to them for suggestions. But if they give an album 4+ stars, it still does not mean I want to go spend $15 on the album, hoping that I’ll like it. If I can listen on Spotify, and am intrigued, I will go see them in concert. It’s not bad for the artist. It’s bad for the labels. Indie artists are breaking through more and more these days because of the social networking. Not everyone has the money to spend on buying every potential good album. I’d rather spend my money on live music.

Tempus
July 15, 2013 at 2:03 am

Also, the audio quality on spotify is quite terrible, and degrades their music.

Landon Donivan
July 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

ne bother, spotify is shit anyway, dont know many who use it, maybe people should actually buy an album or something instead of streaming it. WHEELHOUSE!!!!