by Nina Ulloa
As I stated yesterday, Taylor Swift’s catalogue isn’t available on the free version of YouTube Music.
Multiple publications are claiming that Swift’s back catalogue will be available on YouTube Music Key and that 1989 won’t be available at all. This information is unconfirmed. Even if it were true, Taylor Swift’s whole deal is not making her music available on free services, as it decreases the perceived value of music. A deal like this could potentially be in line with her public statements (if YouTube held her music from the free version).
Swift’s rep issued the following statement (which should’ve put the whole thing to rest, but hasn’t):“Taylor Swift has had absolutely no discussion or agreement of any kind with Google’s new music streaming service.”
On the other hand, Billy Bragg has a radio show partnership with Spotify.