While Spotify is considered to have changed the market for streaming music, Radiohead lead singer Thom York is challenging the company’s policies by removing some of his own music.
Yorke removed his solo album "The Eraser" as well music by his band Atoms for Peace under claims that Spotify fails to pay artists. In tweets posted last night, Yorke claims to be "standing up for fellow musicians" by removing the aforementioned albums. from Spotify.
“your small meaningless rebellion is only hurting your fans ... a drop in the bucket really” No were standing up for our fellow musicians— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) July 14, 2013
Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, best known for his work on the bands album "OK Computer," is currently posting on Twitter with a number of comments about how corrupt streaming media may be. He claims artists are told they will miss vital exposure without Spotify and similar services.
There are plenty of similar services, too. Spotify is only the tip of the iceberg, with services such as Rdio, Pandora, Microsoft’s Xbox Music and iTunes Radio also providing music streams.
At the time of writing all Radiohead albums remain on Spotify, but Thom Yorke’s discography is not available. While we’re not musicians here, the tweets posted seem to paint a very negative picture of Spotify and its method of operation.