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Taylor Swift pulls music from Spotify with the streaming service now regretting the break-up

By John McCarthy | Media editor



Taylor Swift article

November 3, 2014 | 3 min read

Taylor Swift has left Spotify following months of public disagreements over how much the service pays artists.

Swift disagrees that music should be free for listeners

As a result of the pay dispute, Swift’s entire back catalogue has been removed from the site and her new album ‘1989’ was not published on the platform. Spotify put out a message claiming it was trying to solve the dispute.

Swift disagrees that music should be free for listeners

A Spotify statement said: “We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more - nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists.

“We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy.

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“That’s why we pay nearly 70 per cent of our revenue back to the music community.”

The release continued: “Ps – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.”

Swift was one of the most popular artists on the music-streaming platform. This was never more apparent than last month when eight seconds of static noise released accidently by a member of Swift’s team became the most listened to track in Canada.

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Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service that was officially launched on 7 October 2008. It is developed by startup Spotify AB in Stockholm, Sweden. It provides DRM–protected content from record labels and media companies.  

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