There is no escaping the music streaming explosion. With the newly announced Apple Music and Google Music All Access, the recent relaunch of Tidal and the Amazon Prime music component, more music is being streamed now than ever before.
While these platforms seemed to be the music industry's solution against piracy, many artists are taking a stand against some of the popular services (which are hardly making any profits themselves) for offering unfair compensation for the rights to use their music.
With the shift from selling CDs to streaming songs, musicians are only making money from digital purchases and concert tickets. But as the list of music streaming platforms grows, a debate between musicians and the services is heating up. Streaming services may be great for popular (and rich) musicians to offer catalogues of their content, but these platforms do not support new artists.
According to Spotify Artists, musicians earn an average of between $0.0006 and $0.0084 per play (some may even get less). So while someone like Katy Perry could easily make millions for streamed songs, lesser-known artists struggle to make a buck.
And with artists like Taylor Swift and Prince both in the news for cutting ties with some platforms and only having their music streamed on others, it may be hard to figure out whether or not your favorite musician is featured on your music streaming service of choice.
To help you out, here is a rundown of the artists you absolutely won't (and will) find on Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.
Artists Not On Apple Music
Many independent record labels will not consent to having their artists' music stream on Apple Music when it launches. Andy Heath, the chairman of the industry lobby group UK Music told The Telegraph that no British record labels have agreed, including the label Beggars Group, which has signed Adele, White Stripes, Weekend, The Strokes, and Queens of the Stone Age.
British rockers Def Leppard probably won't be included either, especially as their tracks don't even appear on iTunes because of a battle with their former record label over digital sales rights.
Artists On Apple Music
Although Taylor Swift wrote an open letter that slammed Apple for refusing to pay royalties to artists featured on the service during its three-month trial, Swift's album 1989 will be available to stream on Apple Music.
Music from AC/DC will also be available to stream, alongside Dr. Dre's debut album The Chronic.
Artists Not On Spotify
Taylor Swift cut the cord on Spotify late last year, pulling all her music. Swift believes that streaming has shrunk the number of paid album sales.
Prince just made headlines for asking a few music streaming services to remove his tracks, most notably Spotify. Other artists not featured on this platform include Jason Aldean and Thom Yorke.
“your small meaningless rebellion is only hurting your fans ... a drop in the bucket really” No we're standing up for our fellow musicians
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) July 14, 2013
Artists On Spotify
Adele, Coldplay, Radiohead and the Black Keys all withheld albums from being streamed on Spotify in the past, but they can now be found on the platform. Although AC/DC can be streamed on Apple Music, it's not an exclusive deal. Music from the rock band will also be available on Spotify.
Artists Not On Tidal
Many artists are not on the #TidalforAll bandwagon, mainly because they don't think everyone can afford its hefty $20-monthly subscription, and that the exclusive service only benefits artists who are already well off. However, the service also offers a $9.99 tier, which costs the same as other services such as Spotify.
sending traffic to torrent sites. up and coming (not yet millionaires) artists are going to suffer as a result. — lily (@lilyallen) March 31, 2015
Lily Allen, Marina & the Diamonds, Mumford & Sons, Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie and music producer Steve Albini have all spoken out against Tidal; however, their music can all be found on the streaming service.
Artists On Tidal
Jay-Z's relaunch of the streaming service includes deals with wife Beyonce, along with other big names that include: Rihanna, Kayne West, Madonna, Coldplay, Usher, Calvin Harris, Alicia Keys, Jack White, Arcade Fire and Deadmau5. Along with these artists, content from artists that are available on the other platforms can also be streamed on Tidal, including 30 million songs and 75,000 high quality videos.
Even though Prince decided to pull his music from Spotify, fans can still listen on Tidal. He just released a new track on the platform, in spite of pulling away from other services. The service is known for offering the most exclusive and limited edition content.
As mentioned above, the full catalogue of AC/DC tracks will be available to stream for the first time, including on Tidal. There is no major artists that is featured on Spotify or Apple Music that cannot be found on Tidal.
Of course, there are also a number of artists who are not available for streaming on any service. These include The Beatles, Garth Brooks, Bob Seger and Tool.