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Numerous SEGA Soundtracks Vanish from Spotify overnight, including Virtua Fighter, Puyo Puyo, and Team Sonic Racing OSTs

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

UPDATE

The removed tracks have now returned to the service – along with some new additions, including Phantasy Star Zero, Roommania and Ollie King soundtracks. Much like the last time happened, it seems the downtime had something to do with expanding to other services, as SEGA has added their music library to new services such as Rakuten and LINE Music over the past day or two.

ORIGINAL STORY

And now for some not-so-good SEGA music news – SEGA’s back catalogue on Spotify has suddenly dwindled from the comprehensive selection it offered, virtually overnight – with a seemingly random selection of the company’s beloved music being pulled from the service.

Right now, it’s probably easier to list what is still there than what isn’t; most Sonic soundtracks have survived the cull, as well as soundtracks for Yakuza, Chain Chronicle, Border Break, Rhythm Thief, Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, NiGHTS Journey of Dreams and IDOLA Phantasy Star Saga. Even Rent a Hero’s soundtrack release is still up!

…however, that leaves a lot on the cutting room floor. The original NiGHTS into Dreams soundtracks, for example, are now nowhere to be found. Music from SEGA’s arcade lineage, including Power Drift, Space Harrier, OutRun and others have also been axed from the service. Other soundtracks removed include Virtua Fighter, Puyo Puyo, and even the SEGA Sound Team [.H]’s rearrangement album (although Takenobu Mitsuyoshi’s album From Loud 2 Low is still up, somehow).

Even Sonic wasn’t completely safe – in addition to part of Sonic Generations’ and Sonic Rush’s soundtrack being AWOL for a long time now, Team Sonic Racing’s soundtrack has now also vanished – kind of a confusing removal, given how recent it was.

However, this exodus may not relate to SEGA directly; as noted by several users, albums from EXIT TUNES, a Japanese label responsible for many Vocaloid album releases, have also gone. Could it be a legal thing holding these soundtracks back from the service? The main point of confusion is why certain albums are affected, while others remain up.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time SEGA soundtracks have vanished from Spotify – the same thing happened 2 years ago, with many of the same soundtracks affected, and it wasn’t until nearly a month later that they began to return. Fingers crossed we see a similar return this time.

Sonic Forces Soundtracks Now Available on Spotify

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Almost a year to the day since the game released, the soundtracks to 2017’s Sonic Forces have finally been made available on Spotify, alongside many of SEGA’s other soundtracks.

This includes the original soundtrack, A Hero Will Rise, as well as the Vocal Track Collection, On the Edge.

It’s a welcome addition to the lineup – as divisive as Forces was, most people can agree that it at least had some solid music in there.

We’ve included links to the albums on Spotify below.

A Hero Will Rise on Spotify 

On the Edge on Spotify 

SEGA Soundtracks Return to Spotify, Now Also Available on Apple Music

Friday, June 1st, 2018

After being removed from Spotify during May, many of SEGA’s beloved soundtracks have now returned to the service, bringing some fresh additions with them. In addition, the same selection is now also available for rival service Apple Music – so whatever your streaming preference, you can now get your SEGA on.

The announcement came from SEGA Japan’s Twitter account, but we were able to access the soundtracks from our UK Spotify account; the only addition we immediately took note of were the previously missing volumes of the NiGHTS into Dreams soundtrack. We were able to check Apple Music and it seems like they’re available for UK users there too. SEGA Japan also mentioned Google Play and Amazon Music Unlimited-  we don’t have immediate access to these services, but asking Amazon Echo to play some Crush 40 did indeed start blaring out Open Your Heart; so it looks like that might be a UK thing too.

Several SEGA Soundtracks Seemingly Sliced from Spotify

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Some unfortunate news for the musically inclined – several SEGA OSTs that were previously available for streaming on Spotify have suddenly vanished from the service.

SEGA doesn’t appear to have mentioned the removals on any social media accounts or statements, making the removals rather mysterious. It’s a pretty sizeable set of removals too; the affected soundtracks include:

  • Alex Kidd
  • Alexandria Bloodshow
  • Chain Chronicle
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Galaxy Force II/Thunder Blade
  • NiGHTS into dreams
  • Out Run
  • Power Drift
  • Rhythm Thief
  • Samurai Bloodshow
  • Skies Of Arcadia
  • Space Harrier Complete Collection
  • Super Hang-On
  • Virtua Fighter 1 – 5
  • WORLD CLUB Champion Football

It’s very unfortunate to see, particularly with SEGA PR previously stating they were looking into adding newer SEGA soundtracks to the service. Interestingly however, some of the titles appear to have changed into Japanese characters – suggesting perhaps the albums have been restricted to Japan.

We’ll let you know if the removals are reversed, or should a statement crop up. In the mean time, it’s back to the CDs for us.

[With thanks to @CorBond for compiling the list of removed tracks, as well as further investigating the extent of the removals]

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