Pete Townshend Calls iTunes A Digital Vampire

Guitarist speaks out at John Peel Lecture   31-Oct-11

Pete Townshend Calls iTunes A Digital Vampire
In The Days Before iTunes, Townshend Would Jump For Joy // CC // Jean Luc Ourlin

Last month, we reported that Pete Townshend was to take the inaugral John Peel Lecutre, at the Radio Festival.

Townshend delivered the speech on Monday, and used his soapbox as a platform to confront iTunes' methods of supporting artists.

He called iTunes a "digital vampire", and compared the service to Northern Rock (a British bank bailed out by UK taxpayers after a bank run):

"Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can't provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire Northern Rock for its enormous commission?"

Townshend called for more support for a small amount of deserving artists each year, such as free computers and help from professionals, and a platform on iTunes for artists to share their music for free.

The Who legend admitted that his "inner artist" thought Jobs was "one of the coolest guys on the planet" but also admitted he had once said in an interview that he "wanted to cut Job's balls off".

"If Apple do even one of the things on my wish-list [my inner artist] will offer to cut off his own balls (they've only ever been a distraction after all)."

The inaugral John Peel Lecture took place in Salford, for the Radio Festival, on Monday 31st October.


Rich Beech



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