Earlier this month Neil Young threatened to take his music off streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, and now, much of his catalog has been pulled.
As of publish time, five of his studio albums remain on Spotify (1983’s Trans, 1983’s Everybody’s Rockin’, 1985’s Old Ways, 1987’s Life, and 1993’s Lucky Thirteen). His other albums, including his 1972’s classic Harvest and most recent work, The Monsanto Years, are nowhere to be found. Spotify confirmed the removal of his music to Variety.
Over on Apple Music, those albums are still up, as are 1985’s Half Nelson, 1986’s Landing On Water, 1996’s Dead Man and the 2005 EP, Circles of Life.
“It’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent,” Young said in a Facebook post when he first said he would take his music off the services. “It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.”