Not many artists could command a change in policy from Spotify- even our beloved Tay-Tay has struggled in her war against the streaming giant- however the company has recently revealed they were in talks with Radiohead over their latest album “A Moon Shaped Pool”.
While Spotify have always maintained its full catalogue should be available for everyone (albeit on an ad-supported tier for non-subscribers), according Head of Policy Jonathan Prince, Spotify had discussed limiting the Radiohead album to paid subscribers before the album.
While the technology to distinguish between paid and free users on Spotify was not available in time to meet the album’s release deadline, they have made the claim that they will continue “exploring innovative release strategies and related tests” in the future, and are “always looking for new ways to create a better experience for our free and paying listeners”.
A Moon Shaped Pool- along with the majority of Radiohead’s impressive back catalogue- is now streaming on Spotify for all users, despite their tenuous relationship in the past.
Creative Radiohead fans should also be aware the band has released a booklet on creating your own “A Moon Shaped Pool” artwork in (only) “66 easy steps”. Read more here.