The Who's Peter Townshend has hit out at the rise of streaming services, declaring that Spotify owner Daniel Ek is 'a fucking crook'.
Although Townshend admits he uses the streaming service , he is deeply unconvinced by the financial model behind the market leader. In an interview with Rolling Stone , Townshend said: "I'm a user of Spotify so I feel like a complete hypocrite when I say 'I think the guy that runs it is probably a fucking crook'. Take me to court. I was reading about some artist who had something like 450,000 plays and he got a check for [almost nothing].It doesn't make any sense."
He also believes that this lack of revenue is also stifling new music. "I read a thing today that it cost the average band $10,000 to go and play their first gig at SXSW. Jesus fucking Christ.
You know we used to get paid to do this kind of thing."
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