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Thom Yorke, Atoms for Peace leave music-streaming services

Yorke, the frontman for Atoms for Peace, has removed the band's albums from Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer.


Musician Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich have removed their music from streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer, saying they're "bad for new music."

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Godrich cited several reasons for removing music by his band, Atoms For Peace, which is fronted by Yorke. (Yorke also fronts for the better-known Radiohead.)

"We're off of Spotify," Godrich said. "Someone gotta say something. It's bad for new music."

In a statement, Spotify said Monday that it has paid $500 million to the holders of music rights and is on track to reach $1 billion in such payments by the end of 2013.

"Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music," the company said, adding that it is in the early stages of a long-term project designed to have a "hugely positive effect on artists and new music."

Read more of "Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke remove albums from music-streaming services" at CNET Australia.

Updated at 7:56 a.m. PT by CNET's Joan Solsman to include Spotify response.