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Taylor Swift fans stymied on Spotify but not on YouTube
Taylor Swift fans stymied on Spotify but not on YouTube

Here's another story for the People Aren't Stupid files: After Taylor Swift pulled her songs from Spotify (and Rdio's free tier), ostensibly to promote sales of her new album "1989," the popularity of Swift's music on YouTube skyrocketed. That's according to research Nielsen did for Mashable last week. Mashable went on to do a back-of-the-envelope analysis comparing the royalties YouTube probably pays for streams versus what Spotify pays (the former number was based on an estimate of ad sales, the latter on what Spotify has disclosed). The conclusion was that Swift would have come out ahead had she left her tracks on Spotify, which is what I argued a...

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