“It’s not ok for these fucking idiots to decide art has no value”.

Recently, we learned of Apple’s decision to not pay royalties to artists during their 3 month free trial of the new streaming service Apple Music. Now Anton Newcombe, frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, recently shared some distressing details about his experience resisting that policy.

On Twitter today, Newcombe said after being contacted about the non-royalty policy he asked what would happen if he declined and according to him, Apple threatened to remove all of his band’s music from iTunes. Newcombe put out several furious tweets, calling Apple “a satanic corporation”.

Newcombe is not the first artist to be critical of Apple. Today Beggars Group, the company behind many popular labels including 4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade, released a statement expressing their fears about the effect it could have on artists and independent labels.

Yesterday, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon spoke very critically about the company and shared our own article on why Apple Music is “proof that the company has stopped innovating”. Read Newcombe’s comments below. [via Crack Magazine]



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