The Who’s Pete Townshend Calls Apple A “Digital Vampire”

BBC News is reporting that[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] The Who[/lastfm] guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pete Townshend[/lastfm] has called Apple a “digital vampire“, and that he believes the internet is damaging the growth of new music by “destroying copyright as we know it.”

Well someone won’t be receiving that iPad 2 I bought them for Christmas.

That was just the start of Townshends comments towards the technology giant.

He wants Apple to start giving back to artists, “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, like a digital Northern Rock, for its enormous commission.”

He continued with more advice for how Apple should run it’s iTunes division, “Apple should employ 20 talent scouts from the dying record business to give guidance to new acts and provide financial and marketing support to the best ones.”

After attacking Apple and iTunes, The Who guitarist turned his attention to people who have downloaded his band’s music without paying for it, saying that they, “may as well come and steal my son’s bike while they’re at it. 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.”

Pete thinks that the main problem with how music is distributed is that artists really want their music to be heard, even if they lose out on money because of it, “A creative person would prefer their music to be stolen and enjoyed than ignored. This is the dilemma for every creative soul: he or she would prefer to starve and be heard than to eat well and be ignored.”

It’s a pretty awesome rant, but Mr. Townshend sounds like an old man who just doesn’t like the changes that have come to the music industry.

Pete Townshend is currently preparing for the release of his long-awaited book, Who He? Which has been writing for 15 years, and caused a stir in 2003 when police questioned him for accessing child pornography. Townshend cited research for the book for reason for doing so.

The book is expected on shelves in late 2012. I’m sure the book will be packed with insights on how the internet scares and confuses him.

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