Adele's 25 Will Not Be On Spotify or Other Streaming Services

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Adele’s highly-anticipated new record 25 will not be available on Spotify, according to the company.

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Here’s the canned statement provided to Gizmodo:

“We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy 25 on Spotify alongside 19 and 21 very soon.”

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According to sources familiar with the matter, the record won’t be made available to other streaming services like Apple Music and Deezer either. In other words, if you want the record, you’re going to have to buy it. Or you know, steal it on BitTorrent.

There’s no time frame for when the new record might be made available, though, Adele’s previous two records did eventually make their way to streaming services but only after a long period of time.

Adele isn’t the only huge artist holding music back from streaming. Last year, Taylor Swift caused a major row when she lashed out against Spotify for supposedly ripping off artists and refused to make her record 1989 available to the service. It was, however, available to Apple Music.

1989 ended up being on of the bestselling albums of 2014, which would seem to confirm the conventional wisdom that streaming cannibalizes streaming. Adele’s record will surely be a smash as well, so mark another victory for the traditional record business.

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DISCUSSION

The argument that downloading (or streaming, in this case) translates to lost sales in a 1:1 ratio has been thoroughly refuted. Multiple times.

If I download something, my interest in it does not imply that I would have bought a physical copy if I could not download it.

If I can’t listen to your album online, that does not mean I am going to go out and buy your album.