iTunes is a vampire, Who man says

Popular beat combo artist of yesteryear Pete Townshend has branded Apple’s iTunes as a digital vampire.

The Who guitarist said that Jobs’ Mob makes shedloads of profits without supporting the artists who create it.

Speaking to the assorted music press at the first John Peel Lecture Townshend said that faced with the internet’s demolition of established copyright protections, iTunes should offer some of the services to artists that record labels and music publishers used to provide.

This includes providing talents scouts, giving space to allow bands to stream their music and paying smaller artists directly rather than through a third party aggregator.

Townshend said there was no reason iTunes “can’t provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire.”

Apple’s press office was unavailable to comment, at least until the sun went down.

Townshend said punters and the industry, needed to change their attitude to digital music.

“It would be better if music lovers treated music like food, and paid for every helping, rather than only when it suited them,” he said.

Not sure if that analogy holds up. We  don’t always eat out.  We save money by cooking for ourselves and if I start singing a Pete Townshend song to myself it is a bit mean of him to ask me for money.