Why Taylor Swift's War on Spotify Doesn't Make Sense

November 3, 2014 7:09 PM

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Taylor Swift has broken up with Spotify. Her first move to limit digital distribution was keep her new album, 1989, off streaming websites entirely followings its release—to huge sales—last week. Now Swift has followed by yanking her entire back catalog from Spotify, the streaming service with most subscribers.

Swift is already on record as a streaming skeptic. “Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently,” she wrote in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. But musicians struggling to deal with the econo...

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