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Bike and switch: Peloton music selection downshifts

Posted On: Apr. 25, 2019 11:56 AM CST


Owners of the $4,000 Peloton exercise bikes are griping online that the company’s prior use of unlicensed music — and subsequent $150 million lawsuit that aims to get the company to stop its practice — has now subjected them to an uninspiring selection to accompany the workouts that cost upwards of $468 a year.

The National Music Publishers Association filed its lawsuit against New York-based Peloton Interactive Inc. in federal court in March, accusing the exercise bike maker of incorporating into its exercise programs heart-pumping songs by such artists as Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Thomas Rhett, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Florida Georgia Line, Drake, Gwen Stefani and more, as reported Thursday on

And now, customers have taken their complaints online, posting on such sites as "Random songs are plopped in the middle of an otherwise consistently themed playlist."

"I'm enjoying rides much less than before.” "I bought this bike because I like to ride to good music and now I'm forced to ride to terrible tunes."