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Pete Townshend  (Source: marshallofrock.com)

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Townshend said iTunes profits from music without giving back to the artists that work to create it

Remember when Metallica launched a legal battle against Napster back in 2000, then criticized the iTunes Music Store a few years later for destroying the album format and refused to allow their songs to be sold individually in the online store? Well, Metallica may have gotten over its spat with iTunes by releasing its songs in the store in 2006, but that doesn't mean iTunes now holds a loving relationship with all of its artists.

Pete Townshend, the guitarist and songwriter for rock band The Who, called Apple's iTunes a "digital vampire" while delivering the first John Peel Lecture, which was named in honor of the late British radio broadcaster.

Townshend said iTunes profits from music without giving back to the artists that work to create it. He offered some suggestions for iTunes, such as offering artists services that music publishers and record labels once provided since the Internet has eliminated many copyright protections. Some services Townshend mentioned were space for bands to stream music, employing talent scouts, and paying smaller artists directly without the use of a third party.

Townshend said iTunes bleeds artists like a digital vampire, and offering these services is the least it could do.

"It would be better if music lovers treated music like food, and paid for every helping, rather than only when it suited them," said Townshend. "Why can't music lovers just pay for music rather than steal it?"

Back in May of this year, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) scored $105 million in a lawsuit against Limewire, which was a free peer-to-peer file sharing program similar to Napster, and was accused of giving none of the money to artists. It was later discovered that the RIAA planned to set an unknown amount aside for artists.

Source: MSNBC



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Does anyone remember?
By Fracture on 11/1/2011 1:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
Remember that bands used to pay radio stations so that people could hear their music?

What gall and entitlement to think that people should pay for the privilege of hearing something they like.

I mean, never mind that they haven't made a new album in 28 years. And that the hoards of additional fans created by file sharing and other free alternatives.




RE: Does anyone remember?
By kleinma on 11/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: Does anyone remember?
By Darkefire on 11/1/2011 4:54:54 PM , Rating: 4
As opposed to the obscene amount that the record labels take off the top? A little comparison for anyone who thinks that Pete has a clue as to what he's talking about:

http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/1411413978/1/tumb...


RE: Does anyone remember?
By Steve1981 on 11/2/2011 2:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I mean, never mind that they haven't made a new album in 28 years.


Not entirely true.

http://www.amazon.com/Endless-Wire-W-Dvd-Who/dp/B0...


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