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Iggy Pop criticises U2’s free album ploy | Music | The Guardian

Iggy Pop has criticised U2 over their controversial tie-up with Apple in the course of a broadside against the record industry that also saw him lambast music English: Iggy Pop performing with The Stooges ...executives and people who download songs for free.

The “godfather of punk”, delivering the fourth annual John Peel lecture at the Radio Festival in Salford on Monday, said the music industry was now “laughably, maybe, almost entirely pirate” and said electronic devices had “estranged people from their morals, making it easier to steal music than to pay for it”.

But he reserved some of his toughest criticism for Irish band U2, who prompted howls of protest when they gave away their latest album as a free download for iTunes users as part of Apple’s launch of its new iPhones and Apple watch.

“The people who don’t want the free U2 download are trying to say, ‘Don’t try to force me,’ and they’ve got a point,” said Pop at the event, hosted by 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, on Monday night. “Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it’s kind of an anointing, you are giving that person love.

via Iggy Pop criticises U2’s free album ploy | Music | The Guardian.

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