Can't find your favorite jams on Spotify? If your favorite musicians are among these artists or bands not on Spotify or other streaming services, there's probably a reason. Since launching in 2006, Spotify has provided fans a way to listen to music for a low-cost subscription fee, or for free with commercials. The streaming service's low-paying compensation practices and perceived discouragement of creativity have been called into question by some of the most popular musicians of all time. Most take issue with the paltry compensation bands receive from the streaming service, despite high play counts.
In 2015, for example, Prince pulled his music from Spotify and every other streaming service except Tidal. Bob Seger also doesn't allow his music on Spotify, nor do fellow classic rockers like Pete Townshend and Neil Young. Many modern bands and artists as well are against Spotify and other music streaming sites and platforms, including The Black Keys, Coldplay, and Garth Brooks.
Some artists, Taylor Swift and Tool most notably, were vocal about their reasons for keeping their catalogs off Spotify but eventually made their work available on streaming services, citing new agreements or changes of heart.