From The Hollywood Reporter:
You took a beating in June over the NPR intern flap over file sharing — not just from the uninformed but from within your own ranks.
Lowery: Yeah, but they’re all f—ing pussies. No, seriously. Half the musicians have Stockholm syndrome. When the record companies were ripping them off, they were willing to speak out. The way it is now, there’s basically free streaming on YouTube. Unless you’re big enough to have a deal with YouTube, you don’t get any money from them. … Basically there’s an echo chamber of musicians and technology bloggers, about 600 of them, they all talk to each other, and nothing they say means shit. It has no effect in the real world.
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What do you think about something like Rhapsody or Spotify that potentially can scale into something good?
Lowery: Spotify will be good eventually. It’s just not good right now. Spotify is on the good, white hat side of the line. YouTube is just on the black hat side of the line — for various reasons. Spotify basically gets your permission to put your songs on there. YouTube doesn’t. If you don’t get enough money from Spotify, or you don’t think it works for you, you can write to Spotify and take your songs off there. Or you can window your album, let the market sort it out. That’s what Spotify is doing. With YouTube, you don’t have that chance. As a consumer I love Spotify, but I haven’t bought a single album since I got it. Like that band fun.? Normally, in the past I would’ve bought the two singles. It’s catchy, I’ll be sick of it in two weeks, but I want to listen to it right now. Spotify made me not buy them.
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