Spotify is a popular place for music lovers to listen to and stream music from their favorite artists and bands.
While Jason Aldean once allowed his tracks to be streamed on Spotify, he decided that he no longer wants that to happen and pulled his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt, from the service.
Aldean isn’t the only artist who no longer allows his music to stream on Spotify. Earlier this month, Taylor Swift told Us.that she had pulled her tracks from the music streaming service as well.
“The landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment,” Swift told Yahoo! “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
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She defended her decision to remove her music adding,
“I felt like I was saying to my fans, ‘If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it, and it’s theirs now and they don’t have to pay for it. And so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”
Aldean hasn’t made a statement about his decision to remove his music, but Spotify users who are trying to access his tracks that were once available on the service are seeing a message that says,
“The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album on Spotify. We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon.”
While some artists are fine with their music being streamed through the service, it’s likely that many of them will copy Swift and Aldean and remove their music as well.