Pete Townshend rips into iTunes

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Since it was first launched iTunes has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, and changed the way millions of people buy and enjoy digital music. The service doesn’t please everyone though as Pete Townshend rips into iTunes.

The artist from The Who feels Apple should do more for musicians and said of the company “whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire Northern Rock”, according to an article on The Guardian. Townshend was talking at a radio industry lecture, and added Apple should take on some A&R executives to look for new talent.

He feels the company should then provide financial and creative support to emerging artists. He had strong words for those who partake in illegal downloading of music and said “If someone pretends that something I have created should be available to them free I wonder what has gone wrong with human morality and social justice.”

Townshend did say that iTunes was a “fantastic piece of software”, but said it only offers distribution and royalties to artists whose music it sold. Artists should be supported in other ways such as free computers and give advice to the 500 Apple felt merited it most. He said it could be like a record label but one that actually made money.

He came up with the idea for a feature on iTunes where artists could share music and make it like a local radio station. On Steve Jobs Townshend said he was “one of the coolest guys on the planet”. Do you think Pete Townshend has a point about iTunes?

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