NEW YORK, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift removed four of her albums from Spotify one week after she decided not to feature her new record, 1989, on the music streaming service.
On Monday, the Spotify team released a statement on the singer's decision writing they hoped she "changed her mind" and joined them "in building a new music economy that works for everyone."
"We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy," the company wrote in a statement. "That's why we pay nearly 70 percent of our revenue back to the music community."
While Swift's decision to break up with Spotify might be an inconvenience for those who choose to get their music from the service, the singer has already established she doesn't need help to sell records. Swift's fifth, and first official pop album, is the first album to sell over one million copies in its debut week in 2014 and it's expected to break records for first-week sales by a female artist, an honor currently held by Britney Spears' 2002 album Oops I did It Again..., according to Billboard.
The commercial success of 1989 has also made Swift the first person ever to have three consecutive albums go platinum since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales in 1991.
Many artist -- including powerhouses like Coldplay and Beyonce -- often opt to withhold their new music from online streaming services for months as a way to encourage fans to buy it, a strategy called "windowing," according to CNBC. However, artist are more willing to continue to stream their music on services like Pandora where users don't get to chose the tracks they play or replay them.
Swift wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed earlier this year that "Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically."
"Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for," she asserted. "It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is. I hope they don't underestimate themselves or undervalue their art."
But Swift is far from being the only artist who thinks streaming services hurt the music industry. Garth Brooks, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Tool have also kept their music from playing on Spotify, which pays artist between $0.006 and $0.0084 per play. Brooks even launched his own digital music store, GhostTunes, in September.
Until Swift decides to change her mind, Spotify has released a "What To Play While Taylor's Away" playlist that includes tracks from fellow pop stars Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Katy Perry and many more.