'A Moon Shaped Pool' is available on rival services, Apple Music and Tidal
The band’s ninth album, and first since 2011, was made available online on Sunday (May 8) and will be released physically on June 17. It is currently streaming via Spotify’s rivals, Apple Music and Tidal. Pitchfork reports that it was also briefly available via Google Play, but has now been removed.
Responding to the absence of the album from its service, a representative for Spotify told Billboard: “Radiohead’s new singles ‘Burn the Witch’ and ‘Daydreaming’ are already available on Spotify, and we look forward to making the rest of A Moon Shaped Pool available on Spotify as soon as we can.”
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.
Yorke has said of Spotify: “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.”