11 Popular Artists Still Refusing To Stream Their Music

11Although streaming may be becoming the dominant form of music consumption, not all musicians are ready to cave to the medium. Here we look at eleven artists still unwilling to make their music available on streaming services, despite industry trends.


Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0

Billboard recently posted a very interesting article about 11 artists, some major, that still can’t be be found on a streaming network. While you have to admire that they stand for their principles, it does seem to be a somewhat dated view, since streaming has not only become a major source of income for previous holdouts like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, but has also helped with their visibility and physical sales as well. Another major holdout in Garth Brooks just came in from the cold last week, with his exclusive deal with Amazon Music Unlimited.

So who are the holdouts? They may surprise you as they not all in the rock genre, who’s artists seem to make up the bulk of the pushback against streaming.


Bikini Kill

De La Soul

Def Leopard

King Crimson


Yoko Ono

Bob Seger



Thome York

Of course, if you want to find bootleg copies of any of these artists, they’re certainly there, as is the user generated uploads on YouTube (although some of the above do have official videos on that platform). It’s also interesting to note that, with the exception of York, all of these artists have seen their best days behind them. Almost all current artists have grown up in a streaming environment and have no connection to the physical music business of the past, so they don’t know what they’re missing nor do they care.

Still, if these holdouts expect the music industry to return to the way it was, they’re sadly mistaken. The business constantly evolves and moves forward, and these artists should too.

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  1. “Still, if these holdouts expect the music industry to return to the way it was, they’re sadly mistaken.” Did you read the article you’re posting about?

  2. It is Thom Yorke not Thome York and his music is available across most streaming platforms, you might know that if you had the spelling right. 😉

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