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Radiohead's Frontman Thom Yorke Predicts The End Of Spotify

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10/05/2013 9:21 am
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Radiohead's Frontman Thom Yorke Predicts The End Of Spotify

Rosie Clarke

Staff Writer

Most of us use Spotify, or something similar, so we can listen to any song we like, whenever we like, for a minute fee (or for free if you can put up with the ads). But it will not last according to Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke. Earlier in the year Yorke yanked all his Atoms for Peace material out from Spotify’s track list because he felt they didn’t pay musicians enough to warrant the use of his songs. “I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing,” he told Mexico’s Sopitas. “I feel that in some ways what's happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. “But it's all about how we change the way we listen to music, it's all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really f**king bad. “I don't subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that's, 'Well this is all we've got left. We'll just have to do this'. I just don't agree. “When we did the In Rainbows thing, what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. "You cut all of it out, it's just that and that. And then all these f**kers get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don't need you to do it. No artists need you to do it. "We can build the s**t ourselves, so f**k off. But because they're using old music, because they're using the majors… the majors are all over it because they see a way of reselling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. “That's why to me, Spotify, the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it's about the future of all music. It's about whether we believe there's a future in music. “To me this isn't the mainstream, this is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse. What happens next is the important part.” As annoying as it is not to be able to flick on some Radiohead from your Spotify account, we’ve gotta respect the guy for sticking to his guns. Yorke doesn’t seem to think there should be a third party site like Spotify acting as “gatekeeper” to the music industry, but these gatekeeping sites also let us listen to a wide range of tracks without much effort. It also provides an opportunity of exposure to music you might not come across in your normal day-to-day life. We can’t see too many listeners giving that up in a hurry. Particularly when you consider that music steaming platforms, like Spotify and Deezer, delivered a record total of “at least” 3.7 billion audio streams in 2012.


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