Following the removal of Neil Young’s music catalogue from Spotify, at the artist’s request, Apple Music has begun to heavily promote the long-established musician. Other music streaming platforms like Tidal have also shown support for Young.
Earlier this week, Neil Young demanded Spotify remove his catalogue of music as he claimed it was “spreading false information about vaccines” by supporting the podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. While not budging on its stance to host Rogan’s podcast, Spotify ultimately chose to remove Young’s music, stating “We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon.”
It now appears as though Apple has taken a swing at Spotify. As reported by NME, Apple Music posted a tweet saying “It’s always a good idea to stream @NeilYoungNYA,” and promoted a playlist of the artist.
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) January 25, 2022
Apple Music has also been double-downing, sending push notifications promoting Young and his latest 2021 album ‘Barn with Crazy Horse’, which is available with Spatial Audio support on Apple Music.
lol @ this Apple Music push notification pic.twitter.com/eOh5Y5YhhU
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) January 28, 2022
Today has also shown support for the Canadian artsist. In reposnse to another user tweeting “Love that Neil Young is trending on Tidal,” the streaming platform said “Love that for us.”
Love that for us. https://t.co/afGbwceg6u
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) January 27, 2022
As a result of pulling his music voluntarily from Spotify, Young claims that it cost him 60-percent of his streaming income. In a public statement, Young goes on to say that it was all done “in the name of truth”.
Spotify has been continously putting its eggs in the basket of podcasts alongside its laundry list of musician support. The Joe Rogan Experience is one of the largest on the platform but has faced criticisms since signing the $100 million exclusivity deal.