The Spotlight on Spotify


Emily McFarland, Staff Writer

Spotify has been in the spotlight of media quite frequently in the past few years. As new internet radio websites are emerging, Spotify has stayed the center of attention, and not for strictly positive reasons.

Since 2013, Spotify has been accused of not giving artists sufficient pay for usage of their music. As Thom Yorke of Radiohead cynically described the website as, “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”.

Taylor Swift even removed all of her music from the streaming service in November of 2014 in order to demonstrate her opinion that, “music should not be free”. To worsen the corporation’s reputation, on August 20th, Spotify released a new privacy policy that has users enraged.

This new policy allowed the software to access users’ photos, contacts, and GPS location. It can even store information from your Facebook, such as your friends’ names. This information will not only be taken by Spotify, but it will also be distributed to third parties for advertising purposes.

In attempts to appease the users, on August 26th, Spotify’s founder and CEO Daniel Ek explained that when the information collected from the app is shared, the user is left anonymous. Additionally, he included that users will have the option to opt out of the new policy.

With the quickly multiplying music streaming applications, such as Apple Music and Google Play, Spotify should try to stay out of the media for its own good.