Taylor Swift, pictured on JAN. 26, 2013 FILE PHOTO: Photo: Lionel Cironneau / AP / TT

Taylor Swift waves goodbye to Spotify

The American superstar singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift, has decided to remove her music from the music-streaming service Spotify, which was founded in Sweden, according to the tabloid Expressen.

While she has not commented on the decision, earlier this summer, she wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that "Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It's my opinion that music should not be free."

In a statement on its website, Spotify wrote, "We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more . . . We hope she'll change her mind."

The company goes on to say "artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That's why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community."

Swift also announced today that she would be going on a world's tour to play the songs from her new album "1989" live.

Spotify was launched in 2008, and is headquartered in Stockholm and London. It boasts over 40 million users.

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