Pete Townshend of The Who Calls iTunes a "Digital Vampire"
November 1, 2011 12:26 PM
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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.
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.
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Without giving back????
11/2/2011 3:04:45 PM
Apple stores the music (costs millions to run the servers), distributes the music (Costs thousands in bandwith), allow previews of music for free, create software to let you play it, create devices to let you play it. They market the living hell out of the store (Free advertising). Provides awareness about music you normally wouldn't be exposed to.
So yes they take their cut, but the actual money the artist makes is about the same as a cd. CD requires a lot in actual materials and shipping, and profit that the store takes. (About the same as Apple takes a cut for). But with CD you don't get all the benefits of spontaneous purchases, ease of use, real ratings, previews of music, free exposure, mass distribution, no overhead, etc.
Maybe the record labels should give back. Apple is a store. I don't remember any artists going into cd world and asking for money.
RE: Without giving back????
11/3/2011 8:35:24 AM
"But with CD you don't get all the benefits of spontaneous purchases, ease of use, real ratings, previews of music, free exposure, mass distribution, no overhead, etc."
Some music stores (yes offline ones) have a computer with headphones where you can preview anything you like.
And back before that you asked the clerk in the store to listen to a particluar cd and you got a pair of headphones to listen with.
Spontaneous purchases would be going into the store and looking whats on the shelfs.. yes there was many spontaneous purchases ;)
Back when I was a kid there where 3 music stores in this small town. Back a few years ago there was 1 small store only...
today there is only the small selection at the supermarkets or the often tiny selection at the gas stations.
Secon Hand CD's gets alot of spontaneous purchases, but only because their so cheap. To say that there is no spontaneous purchases with CD's is totally wrong.
"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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