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Johnny Marr critical of Spotify

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Marr - criticial of Spotify

Guitarist Johnny Marr is the latest musician to join a chorus of voices critical of Spotify, claiming the music streaming service "hampers" new bands' potential.

Marr, who released his debut solo album The Messenger this year, joins a growing number of musicians including Thom Yorke and David Byrne who are critical of the service.

Speaking to the NME, he said: "I can't think of anything more opposite to punk rock than Spotify. I think it entirely hampers new bands, and the situation that Thom Yorke and Beck have been criticising makes the old record companies of the 70s look like cottage industries.

"I do think we certainly shouldn't stop valuing what bands do. I don't like great things being throwaway. Pop culture isn't just about 'the music, man'. It's a way of life, an aesthetic, and it's not just about pressing a button and getting something entirely for convenience."

In response to mounting attacks, Spotify recently launched a website to explain how they pay artists featured on the site.

Read RTÉ Ten's interview with Marr about The Messenger.

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