Why Taylor Swift Will Lose Her Battle With Spotify

November 5, 2014 11:05 AM

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On Monday, Taylor Swift made headlines by pulling her entire catalogue—save one song—from Spotify’s streaming music service. The move shouldn’t have been a big suprise to anyone following Swift’s previous statements on the music industry. In a much-cited Wall Street Journal op-ed from earlier this year, she blasted Spotify and its ilk for devaluing music.

“Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently,” wrote Swift. “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that m...

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