Band had previously criticised the music platform
The band’s ninth album was originally released digitally during May and made available to stream via Spotify’s rivals, Apple Music and Tidal. Until now, it had not been available on Spotify.
With the album getting a physical release today (June 17), it can now be streamed in full at Spotify. Listen here.
The band’s frontman Thom Yorke made headlines in 2013 by calling Spotify “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”. That year saw Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich remove their music from Spotify.
Spotify recently revealed it was in talks with Radiohead to make ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ the first release to only be available to paying Spotify Premium subscribers.
Since Spotify launched in 2008, it has insisted that all of its music is available to subscribers who opt for its free service featuring adverts, and those who pay a monthly subscription for the Premium Service featuring ad-free streaming.
But, with Apple Music and Tidal positioning themselves as more artist-friendly services with no free option, Spotify has recently seen several major releases shared with their rivals.
It has emerged that Spotify is now willing to change its model to offer some albums as a benefit for its Premium subscribers. Spotify head of policy Jonathan Prince said the service was in talks with Radiohead to make ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ only available on Spotify Premium.
Prince told Music Ally: “We’re always looking for new ways to create a better experience for our free and paying listeners, and to maximise the value of both tiers for artists and their labels. We explored a variety of ways to do that in conjunction with the release of Radiohead’s latest album.”
It appears Spotify was unable to get the technology right to distinguish between free and Premium subscribers in time for the ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ deal to become a reality. Prince said: “We ultimately decided that we couldn’t deliver on those approaches technologically in time for the album’s release schedule.”
But Spotify emphasized that it is willing to consider similar deals in future. Prince said: “We’re going to keep exploring innovative release strategies and related tests in the coming months.”
Meanwhile, Thom Yorke has said of Spotify in the past: “I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what’s happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. But it’s all about how we change the way we listen to music, it’s all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad. I don’t subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that’s ‘well this is all we’ve got left. we’ll just have to do this.’ I just don’t agree.”