Spotify has officially won the war at getting the complete catalog from iconic band, Pink Floyd. The complete catalog of the band became available to the public through the streaming service provider once the amount of plays of “Wish You Were Here” crossed the one million line this past weekend. Pink Floyd had some input on it tweeting about the campaign just a day before die-hards put their ears to work.
“It’s a great day for fans of prog rock, but it’s also a great day for younger fans who have yet to be really turned on to the magic of Pink Floyd,” said Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer though British paper, The Guardian. “That’s a lot of what this is about: bringing a new generation of fans to one of the biggest and most iconic bands in the world.”
But Pink Floyd’s catalog isn’t the only iconic band that the Swedish streaming service have acquired; seven months ago, they acquired the exclusive rights to Metallica’s catalog. While Spotify does have sole rights to Metallica’s catalog, they do not when it comes to Pink Floyd. Other streaming programs such as Rdio and Rhapsody, who are all subscription-only, have had the band’s material for years.
Unlike them, Spotify did not want to put up a “paywall” for their customers concerning the band’s material, so talk about that held up the negotiations.
“When it came to renewing our deal with EMI, we decided we did not want to go with ad-funded, but agreed to go on subscription ones. But when we went to Spotify’s office in 2010, we were declined — it was all or nothing,” said Pink Floyd’s manager, Paul Loasby.
But apparently, a year can change a lot of things because the band now the streaming service has access to all of Pink Floyd’s music for paid subscriber as well as non-paying ones.