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Spotify Opponent Thom Yorke Is Streaming His Albums on Apple Music

Thom Yorke and his Atoms for Peace collaborator Nigel Godrich’s feelings for Spotify’s business

Thom Yorke and his Atoms for Peace collaborator Nigel Godrich‘s feelings for Spotify’s business model have been well documented. In July 2013, Yorke pulled his solo album The Eraser and the Atoms For Peace album AMOK off the streaming services Spotify, Rdio and Deezer. In a previous interview, Yorke stated:

I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what’s happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry … When we did the In Rainbows thing, what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it’s just that and that. And then all these fuckers get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don’t need you to do it. No artists need you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off … To me this isn’t the mainstream, this is is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse. What happens next is the important part.

Yesterday, streaming service Apple Music promoted its launch with exclusives from the likes of Dr. Dre, Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams and more. Interestingly enough, it also included Thom Yorke’s discography. This includes both of Yorke’s solo albums, Atoms For Peace’s AMOK and Radiohead’s In Rainbows are all streaming on Apple Music.

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