Robert Plant criticises Spotify sound quality

Led Zeppelin placed their entire back catalogue on streaming service in 2013

Robert Plant has said that he does not like the fact that Led Zeppelin albums are available to stream on Spotify, because he feels the sound quality on the streaming service is “a hell of a compromise”.

The entirety of Led Zeppelin’s back catalogue was put on Spotify in December 2013. Speaking to New York Magazine, Plant was asked whether it bothers him that the original recordings are now being listened to in compressed audio.

Plant replied: “I don’t champion too many things, but I do champion the sound of music. It’s a hell of a compromise. For example, with ‘Lullabye’… and the ‘Ceaseless Roar’ – never mind Zeppelin – I spent a lot of time making sure the vinyl sounds really good, so people have that option. But it is slightly heartbreaking to think that anything can be dismissed sonically and put to the sword by the confines digitalised, computerised sound reproduction. It’s hell.”

When approached by NME, a spokesperson for Spotify refused to comment.

The comments follow a recent public disagreement between Plant and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page over the future of the band.

In July, Plant said that he felt “disappointed and baffled” by Page and the ongoing saga of a potential reunion. The frontman has repeatedly stated that he does not wish to reform the band, whose last performance was a one-off tribute to Atlantic Records’ Ahmet Ertegun at London’s O2 Arena in 2007.

However, guitarist Page has dropped repeated hints about wanting to play with the band again and said that he is ‘fed up’ with his bandmate for delaying his plans.