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Pink Floyd: Nick Mason Says Apple Got Off ‘Scot Free’ Over The U2 Debacle

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason says Apple got off scot free after they collaborated with U2 to force ‘Songs of innocence’ onto unsuspecting iTunes users.   Rolling Stone says the Pink Floyd legend told GQ Magazine that U2 bore the brunt of the criticism despite Apple paying the band a reported £50 million for the rights to the album.

Mason did admit that he would have taken Apples money but he was scathing in his criticism of the technology giants who he blames for devaluing music.  Mason said that Pink Floyd had made their music available on the streaming service ‘Spotify’ in 2013and it was this medium rather than iTunes that was likely to be the future.  Cult of Mac states that Mason kicked apple hard and right where it hurts when he said that iTunes was now rather passé.

Whilst Spotify may make sense for big name acts like Pink Floyd the service does very much split opinion.  Brit pop Idol Ed Sheeran credits Spotify with the success of his career.  He is the most streamed artist on the service, his latest album “X” has been streamed over 430 million times and he has over 900 million hits overall.  This has netted Sheeran a cool £7 million.  Mason acknowledges that the numbers using the service mean that the sums don’t add up for most artists because the rate paid is pitiful.

Spotify announced this week that 15 million of its 60 million users are paid subscribers but the Pink Floyd star said

“What we need is another 2 or 3 billion people using it, then it would make more sense for musicians.  At the moment, the pay-out, particularly for unknowns and only slightly knowns is…pathetic.”

Pink Floyd is certainly not saying, ‘We won’t do it like that’. We’ll stream, but we’ll stream with higher quality audio, and with a lot more video or other graphic interfaces that will make it part of a fuller entertainment experience.”

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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