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YouTube just pressed the dump button while in a battle with artists over streaming music.
Artists who don’t want to join YouTube’s new ad-free music service will be blacklisted from the site. The new service — which will show you ad-free songs for a small fee — has some artists displeased with the financial arrangements YouTube is proposing.
YouTube’s head of content and business operations said in an interview that Jack White, The Arctic Monkeys, Adele and any other artists who are unhappy with the new streaming system will be blacklisted from YouTube in “a matter of days.”
Yes, that’s right; you won’t be able to go to YouTube anymore to hear Jack White’s new tune ‘Lazaretto,’
or go ‘Rolling In The Deep’ with Adele,
or ‘get high’ while streaming The Arctic Monkeys latest album, ‘AM’.
(Side note: The Arctic Monkeys were one of the first bands to gain success through the internet.)
Google will be testing this new ad-free YouTube among its employees over the coming weeks.
According to YouTube, the new service is supposed to help musicians make even more money off of YouTube. There are no released details surrounding the deal to support their claim. Only 5 per cent of all music labels who previously signed deals with YouTube, have not made the decision to sign the new deal. However, third-party video-hosting services that have agreed to new deals with YouTube (like Vevo) will continue to be able to stream the music of YouTube banned artists.
Streaming is the future of music; it’s hard to disagree when almost every major tech company has their feet dipped in it now.