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Neil Young does ‘a Taylor Swift’ and pulls music from streaming services

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

In November last year, pop star Taylor Swift pulled her catalogue from Spotify saying free access to her work was reducing album sales..

The singer-songwriter has long been an advocate for increasing the audio quality of digital music, recently launching his hi-definition Pono music player.He wrote on his Facebook page: “I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.

Despite recent controversy over the low royalty rates paid by services like Spotify, Apple Music and more, the musician states that the decision has been made “not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent”. Young – who was one of the biggest rock stars of the ’60s and ’70s with bands including Buffalo Springfield – has repeatedly complained about digital audio quality. Most notably, top-selling pop star Taylor Swift withdrew her catalogue from Spotify last November, saying the business had shrunk the number of paid album sales drastically. Last month, Swift agreed to put her latest hit album 1989 on Apple Music, just days after Apple did an about-face by agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service as a result of an open letter penned by Swift demanding just that.

Never say never.” Spotify posted a statement regarding the singer – who has had an uneasy relationship with the digital world in the past – earlier this month, it read: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.”

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