Anorak | Copyright Balls: Spotify versus Thom Yorke and Dre’s Beats

Copyright Balls: Spotify versus Thom Yorke and Dre’s Beats

by | 23rd, January 2014



SPOTIFY has been incredibly divisive in the music industry, with some looking at it like a perfectly good promo tool to promote artists, while others think it’s stealing all their lovely royalties. Others sit somewhere between the two, thinking At Least It Isn’t Illegal Downloading.

Music fans are equally divided, with someone wondering why you’d pay a subscription for music you can’t keep, while others love how it opens up a huge library of music to delve into, make playlists and more.

One thing’s for certain without it, a lot of us would listen to a lot less music. It is to music what Netflix is to movies, affording everyone the chance to take a punt on albums and bands without some music snob giving you grief for being so late to the party.

However, fights still swirl around the service and Spotify founder Daniel Ek has decided to have a pop at the newest streaming ‘rivalBeats Music’ (sister service to Dre’s ‘Beats’ headphones) as well as Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

Beats Music launched earlier in the week and is backed by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Dr Dre himself. Radiohead long critics of Spotify have made their music available to stream on Beats Music and Ek isn’t impressed.

Speaking to Billboard, he said of Beats: “It’s a competitor, for sure, but my way of looking at it is, if it gets people to understand the value of streaming, it is ultimately good. Our way of doing this is not just slapping some celebrity brand on it and hoping it will be good. We are a social service; we are a product company. People have tried to put a brand on it and thought that’s

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