has always balked at distributing her newer releases via subscription services, but it used to be that a curious consumer could take a listen to some of her back catalog through Spotify. That is no longer the case. This morning Ms. Swift pulled just about everything she's ever performed from the service without so much as a how-do-you-do.
There are still a handful of collaborative tracks or sound-track exclusive songs lingering in the cracks and corners of Spotify, but those subscribers hoping for a wider-spread are going to have to look to other ends of the digital realm (or to their CD players...do those even still exist?).
Was it that unexpected, though? Swift's been vehement that music should be paid for in the past, after all ("Music is valuable. Valuable things should be paid for," she wrote only earlier this year), and her label, Big Machine, is a business that's eager to make money. Given that Spotify's done a pretty good job of pissing off even artists as laissez-faire
about money as Thom Yorke of Radiohead, it doesn't seem too farfetched that maybe, just maybe, somebody in Swift's camp wasn't wild about folks having easy, free access to her work.
Spotify, for their part, hope the power of love will trump the love of money. Hence, why they've gone and compiled a number of break-up playlists targeted specifically at Miss Swift. The only problem with this plan? Spotify's not a charming, awkward young Jon Cusack, and Taylor Swift has made her opinions on dating
Swift's latest album, 1989
, was released on October 27th. Check out our review here