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Pete Townshend Calls iTunes a "Digital Vampire"

| by Michael Allen

Pete Townshend, the legendary guitarist of The Who, attacked Apple’s online iTunes service for bleeding artists “like a digital vampire."

Townshend, speaking in Manchester, England, called on iTunes to do more to help the artists from whom it was making so much money: “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… for its enormous commission?”

Townshend said Apple should hire 20 talent scouts “from the dying record business” to help new acts and provide financial and marketing support to the best of them.

Townshend voiced his attack during the inaugural John Peel lecture, an event organized in memory of the legendary BBC disc jockey, who helped break numerous rock acts such as David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, Joy Division and Camera Obscura.