Mar 13, 2024 - Economy

Neil Young returns to Spotify

photo of a musician playing an electric guitar on stage while wearing sunglasses and a fedora

Neil Young in 2019. Photo: Jo Hale/Redferns

Neil Young's boycott of Spotify is over.

Why it matters: Young and several other artists removed their music from Spotify over two years ago to protest the company's handling of COVID-19 misinformation — particularly through Joe Rogan's podcast.

Between the lines: With the conclusion of Joe Rogan's exclusivity contract with Spotify, Young sees it as impossible to protest every platform.

  • "My decision comes as music services Apple and Amazon have started serving the same disinformation podcast features I had opposed at Spotify," he explained, without mentioning Rogan specifically.
  • "I just cannot leave Apple and Amazon, like I did Spotify, because my music would have very little streaming outlet to music lovers," he added.
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