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Spotify users won't be able to stream Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto

Coldplay has decided its new album, Mylo Xyloto, won't be available for streaming on Spotify and other similar services.

Coldplay has decided its new album, Mylo Xyloto, won't be available for streaming on Spotify and other similar services.

Fans will instead have to buy the CD from a store, or download MP3 tracks from iTunes or Microsoft's Zune network.

Although the band's previous albums are available on Spotify, the new one is not – nor is it on other streaming sites such as Rdio and Rhapsody.

Web reports suggest record label EMI is "a little embarrassed" by Coldplay's decision to spurn Spotify.

"We always work with our artists and management on a case-by-case basis to deliver the best outcome for each release," says EMI.

Coldplay is not alone in refusing to release an album on Spotify. Adele's hugely successful album 21 isn't on the music streaming service, and nor is work from Arcade Fire and Pink Floyd.

Apparently Coldplay wants Mylo Xyloto to be heard as "one cohesive work" and not split up into individual songs – although each song is available as an individual download on iTunes.

We'll have a full review of Mylo Xyloto in the December issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, on sale from November 16th.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.