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Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace are Boycotting Spotify

Posted by - 11:42 AM on 07/15/13
Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace are "boycotting" Spotify.
Saying they are defending the rights of new and emerging recording artists, Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace have removed their tracks from Spotify, the commercial music streaming service.

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11:49 AM on 07/15/13
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What seems to be the controversy behind this? I must not be familiar with it.
11:51 AM on 07/15/13
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OK Computer.
11:53 AM on 07/15/13
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Good for them
11:54 AM on 07/15/13
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What seems to be the controversy behind this? I must not be familiar with it.
the royalities that artists get from Spotify are embarrassingly low, it's really a terrible model from the artist side of things
11:54 AM on 07/15/13
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Already own most of the Radiohead albums ... but removing the Atoms for Peace album really is the difference between me listening to it (which I have a few times) and not.

I like it alright, but wouldn't buy it.

O well.
11:55 AM on 07/15/13
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What seems to be the controversy behind this? I must not be familiar with it.

It's not necessarily a controversy... They just see the reality that up and coming bands that release their first full lengths need to make sales of it to pay back the label. This is also a way of proving to their label that they're a financially viable investment. Spotify makes that more difficult by cutting into the sales.
11:59 AM on 07/15/13
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It's not necessarily a controversy... They just see the reality that up and coming bands that release their first full lengths need to make sales of it to pay back the label. This is also a way of proving to their label that they're a financially viable investment. Spotify makes that more difficult by cutting into the sales.
Yeah, I can understand that. I was unaware Spotify was so cheap, in that regard. Makes me think twice about using it so often.
12:00 PM on 07/15/13
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the royalities that artists get from Spotify are embarrassingly low, it's really a terrible model from the artist side of things
Bummer. I've always been on board with it because of the convenience factor. However, if I'm not supporting an artist by using it... well shit.
12:02 PM on 07/15/13
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As long as its legal I'll still stick with Spotify. I honestly don't have a very big budget for music (married with a kid) so the $10/month gets me a ton of music for a low price. I also find tons of artists on there I would have never heard about or listened to without it. I understand the revenue side of things but everything's going digital and I don't think boycotting these services is necessarily the answer.
12:18 PM on 07/15/13
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This might be the first Thom Yorke move I STRONGLY disagree with. I read his and Nigel's spiels on the situation and I don't believe they are being fan-friendly or realistic about the state of music.

People steal music. That's a fact. Artists must accept that. Spotify is just a way to make it easier for a listener to try hearing a band--if not Spotify, Grooveshark--if not Grooveshark, YouTube. It's all about exposure so that band can sell merch, get people to shows, and, yes, even sell more albums! If a band isn't on Spotify, that's just a vessel to expose themselves that they aren't using.

I truly hope this is the only time that Nigel and Thom act this naive.
12:23 PM on 07/15/13
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Surprised more bands haven't done this. I think for a band with such a dedicated fan base as Radiohead they will be more financially successful going this route. From what I understand they make absolutely nothing off of these streams. I think it makes sense for bands who are coming up to have it on Spotify/Rdio to gain more exposure. People often find new upcoming bands from recommend listening in the UI. Interesting move though, wonder if more bands will follow.
12:27 PM on 07/15/13
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Does anyone have stats on how much people spend on albums before and after signing up for a Spotify/Rdio subscription?

I think most people realize that subscription music services aren't supposed to be a replacement to supporting the bands you like. You should still go see them perform, buy merch, get physical copies of the albums you like, and so on.

But the internet has changed the way music words. People can get everything for free illegally without much hassle so you can't add too much hassle / cost to your service or otherwise you'll get nothing at all. Sure that it is a little strong-arm tactic to claim "you can make pennies with us or nothing at all", but its reality. Don't get me wrong, Thom should have every right to do what he wants with his music. I just think this move is rather short-sighted to claim "I don't make much money directly off Spotify royalties, therefore I don't want my music on Spotify"
12:32 PM on 07/15/13
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The thing is, if I'm just getting into a band I'm not going to immediately head to the record store and pick up their CD. I'm gonna hit up Youtube or Spotify and see if I enjoy it enough to purchase.

However, if I do enjoy it, I will head to the record store and SUPPORT the artist. I'd be a liar if I said I've never illegally downloaded music, but it's not a practice I regularly engage in.

In summation; support the artists you love. They deserve that from you, the listener.
End rant.
12:36 PM on 07/15/13
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Does anyone have stats on how much people spend on albums before and after signing up for a Spotify/Rdio subscription?

I think most people realize that subscription music services aren't supposed to be a replacement to supporting the bands you like. You should still go see them perform, buy merch, get physical copies of the albums you like, and so on.

But the internet has changed the way music words. People can get everything for free illegally without much hassle so you can't add too much hassle / cost to your service or otherwise you'll get nothing at all. Sure that it is a little strong-arm tactic to claim "you can make pennies with us or nothing at all", but its reality. Don't get me wrong, Thom should have every right to do what he wants with his music. I just think this move is rather short-sighted to claim "I don't make much money directly off Spotify royalties, therefore I don't want my music on Spotify"

This isn't a stat...just my personal experience...

I used to buy 3-5 CDs per month, up until last year. Ever since having Rdio I might only buy 10-15 per year.

I understand supporting the smaller artists is important, but when I can have 99% of what I want accessible on my phone for $10 a month...I'm less likely to buy CDs. That's just the honest truth.

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