Have some of your favourite albums disappeared from your streaming music service? You’re not imagining things.

Radiohead hasn’t been a fan of streaming from the beginning. That’s been complicated by multiple distribution deals that resulted in a couple of deluxe editions of their albums being removed–or parts of them, at least. Jay-Z pulled all his stuff from every platform and ported everything to Tidal, of which he is a part owner. For example, artists associated with the defunct Blackground Records (Toni Braxton, Timbaland) can’t be found on streaming services because the licensing rights to their songs are all screwed up. A movie, documentary or a TV show lives on the service for a while and then disappears after a while. But then they suddenly disappear. Poison. Take the case of PWR BTTM, a member of which was accused of sexual assault. What’s going on? Read more here. Glitches/disputes over contracts or licensing deals. Bands get in trouble. It’s a case-by-case situation. A frustrating thing about Netflix is the amount of churn with their programming. Pulled. Blame it on the licensing agreements by which Netflix has to abide. This happened with MIA, Aaliyah and a few others. Frustrating, yes, but it’s something we’ll have to live with until more of the legalities around streaming get sorted out. Label issues. He kept releasing it and pulling it until he could get it right. One day, you’re putting albums and individual songs onto your playlists and tagging them as favourites. The same thing happens with streaming music services.  
 
  You might still see the song/album on your playlist or in a search but it’s labelled as “unavailable.” This is the case for even for people who pay for, say, the premium version of Spotify. Kanye West was all weird about The Life of Pablo. Dropped.
Have some of your favourite albums disappeared from your streaming music service? You’re not imagining things.