U2 frontman Bono approves of online music services and their contribution to the industry, soon after Taylor Swift removed her complete catalog from Spotify, reports The Independent.
"I see streaming service as an exciting way to get to people," he said at the Web Summit conference in Dublin. "Anything that gets your songs out there, anything that helps you is a good thing."
"The real enemy is not between digital downloads and streaming. The real fight is between opacity and transparency. The music industry has historically involved itself in quite considerable deceit," he added
Adele's manager John Dickins agrees that streaming services are not bad for artists and the music industry itself, according to The Guardian.
"Personally, I think streaming's the future, whether people like it or not," Dickins said. "But I don't believe one size necessarily fits all with streaming."
Country-turned-pop superstar Taylor Swift made headlines after taking out her entire discography from Spotify on November 3, a week after her "1989" album was dropped.
"Spotify have always been pictured as the bad guys in this," Dickins said in response to Swift's move, "but the biggest music streamer out there is YouTube, without a doubt."
Yesterday, Swift explained the reason behind her departure from Spotify in an interview with Yahoo Music.
Swift agreed that the music industry is rapidly changing but maintained that "Spotify all feels to [her] a bit like a grand experiment" she wouldn't "contribute [her] life's work on."
"I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free," she added.
Thom Yorke also pulled his solo album and the records he made with Atoms for Peace from Spotify last year, according to The Guardian, saying "new artists get paid f**k all with this model."
Other artists who refused to jump on the Spotify bandwagon are AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, Tool and Led Zeppelin, according to Spin magazine.
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