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Spotify gets Red Hot Chili Peppers deal, but Rhapsody not impressed


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The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the biggest bands to withhold albums from streaming music services, so Spotify’s announcement that the band’s entire back catalogue has been added to its service seems like a coup. Albums like Stadium Arcadium, Californication and Blood Sugar Sex Magik are thus available to stream on-demand (legally) for the first time, although our quick check of rival services reveals their first three albums and 2003 Greatest Hits compilation are available on the likes of Rhapsody, Deezer and Rdio. Whether what else they got they’re going to get it and put it in those rival services too remains to be seen. Rhapsody president Jon Irwin has criticised the deal in a blog post already: “There are many Chili Peppers fans on Rhapsody and the other services who would have been excited to finally be able to listen to the entirety of band’s catalog, and we would have been excited to send out those royalty checks. It’s a lost opportunity for all, but especially for fans… At this critical stage, our industry should be focused on creating value for all–the artists, the fans and the labels–not for some.”

Music Ally

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