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Veteran rocker Neil Young surprised everyone this week when he went up against Spotify and the Joe Rogan podcast it paid $100 million to recommend. Specifically, Mr asked if his music is from Spotify misinformation about COVID-19 is on the podcast.
Spotify is “spreading fake information about vaccines,” the singer said in an open letter.
“They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
Spotify picked Rogan and removed Young’s music. Now, competing services are smelling like blood, especially with the rise of hashtags anti Spotifyincluding #DeleteSpotify, #ByeSpotify and #BoycottSpotify.
For instance, Tidal tweeted a way to get your music delivered to the service with the caption, “Don’t mind me.”
“We know it takes time and energy to curate the perfect music library,” says TIDAL. “Convert your old playlists and music libraries to TIDAL in just a few easy steps.”
Apple Music is a bit more direct. The service tweeted that it is always a good idea to stream Neil Young with a link to the playlist. It features Young’s music under the title “We Love Neil” under its browsing section.
Satellite radio provider SiriusXM has revived its Neil Young radio just for the occasion.
Lesser-known service Deezer also tweeted that it had plenty of Neil Young to go around.
Not to be outdone, the Qobuz service wants to remind everyone that it has all of Young’s deep cuts ready to go.
Musicians also took sides. David Draiman, lead singer of nu metal group Disturbed, agreed with Spotify’s decision.
Former band member and Phoebe Bridgers nemesis, David Crosby, supported Young.
Other musicians say a change in opinion about Spotify is far from imminent.
Rocker and eighty-year-old actor Sebastian Bach also support Young.
The rockers of the Nineties, New Year’s Eve 6 are always reliable to make a comedic piece.
Young addressed the issue of money in one of his open letters on the matter, stating that “the loss of 60% of worldwide online income by leaving SPOTIFY is a huge undertaking, a dynamic move. It’s expensive, but worth it for our integrity and trust.”
Spotify says it has always prioritized removing harmful COVID-19 information.
“We want all the music and audio content in the world available to Spotify users. With that comes the great responsibility of balancing both listener safety and creator freedom,” Spotify said. The spokesperson told The Washington Post in a statement. “We have a detailed content policy, and we have removed more than 20,000 episodes of covid-19 related podcasts since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
If that happens remains to be seen.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/music/heres-how-competing-streaming-services-are-capitalizing-on-the-neil-young-spotify-split/ Other streaming services are taking advantage of the Neil Young/Spotify split