We are officially entering the era of music streaming!
Services like Spotify, Apple Music, and TIDAL have dominated the media this year as they battle it out to get the most paid subscribers.
However, that isn’t the only battle to be won.
Several big artists have had issues with streaming services over the past few months, and the main threat that musicians seem to deliver is, ‘If you don’t fix this, I’ll remove my music catalog from your service.”
Now, don’t get us wrong, that is good leverage! Taylor Swift refused to allow her music on Apple Music until they agreed to start paying artists during users’ free trial periods. Then, when Apple Music apologized and agreed to her terms, they were allowed access to her catalog of hit albums.
However, the most recent artist to call out streaming services has not been so successful.
Neil Young posted on Facebook on July 15, venting about the terrible sound quality of the various streaming apps, and he warned fans that he was going to remove his music.
Now, two weeks later, after nothing was done, many of Young’s albums have, in fact, disappeared.
According to Rolling Stone, “only Young’s five Geffen LP from the Eighties – 1982’s Trans, 1983’s Everybody’s Rockin’, 1985’s Old Ways, 1986’s Landing on Water and 1987’s Life, as well as the Geffen era rarities compilation Lucky Thirteen – are all still available on multiple streaming services.”
This probably isn’t because Young was feeling generous, though. The rocker had some legal issues with Universal’s Geffen Records back in the eighties, and it looks like things have not been completely resolved!
Regardless, Young did follow through with his promise to remove his music. His Facebook post told fans, “It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.”
We do feel a bit badly, however, that Young couldn’t make change happen.
It sounds like Young tried to convince other people to see his side. He insisted, “AM radio kicked streaming’s a**. Analog cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming’s a**, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming… Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history. If you want it, you got it. It’s here to stay. Your choice.”
What do you think? Did Neil Young make a big mistake by pulling his music from Spotify and Apple Music or are the services really, “bad for [his] music?”