Taylor Swift not going to play, play, play any albums on Spotify
Taylor Swift. AP photo
By Keith Wagstaff, NBC News
(NBC News) - Taylor Swift can't stop, won't stop moving away from Spotify and its 40 million users. When her new album, "1989," dropped last week, it was noticeably absent from the music streaming service.
That was not a total surprise — it took months for her last album, "Red," to appear on Spotify after it was released in 2012. But on Monday morning, Swift fans found that every one of her past albums had been pulled from Spotify.
According to a Spotify spokesperson, Swift and her team told the company to remove her entire catalog and Spotify complied.
Swift has not been the biggest fan of streaming services.
"Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently," she wrote this summer in the Wall Street Journal.
She added, "It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is."
Swift isn't the only artist who has been upset about not getting enough revenue from Spotify. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke pulled his solo work last year after voicing the same complaint.
Spotify, however, has defended its business model in the midst of TaylorGate.
"We hope she'll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone," the company said in a statement. "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. That's why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community."
It's also having some fun with the situation on Twitter.
T-Swift might have been miffed that instead of simply not listing her album, like Spotify normally does with albums that are not on the service, it put up a disclaimer saying it was hoping Swift's camp would "change their mind soon."
So are Taylor Swift and Spotify ever, ever, ever getting back together? With "1989" set to smash sales records, she might just say never.