News

Thom Yorke and Moby clash over online music streaming

Thom Yorke and Moby clash over online music streaming

ONLINE MUSIC: Thom Yorke (above) disagrees with Moby about online music streaming. Photo: Associated Press

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has become embroiled in an online dispute with Moby after the dance star criticized the singer for failing to embrace online music streaming service Spotify.

Yorke hit headlines earlier this year when he decided to remove music by his side project, Atoms For Peace, from the web platform following a dispute over artist royalty rates, and he subsequently accused the company of changing the music industry for the worse.

His comments have riled fellow musician Moby, who is a supporter of Spotify, and he criticized Yorke in an interview with Mashable.com, saying, “Artists who are adaptable are doing fine… If you can learn how to adapt – it’s really weird and unhealthy when people talk about restricting progress to accommodate the inability of people to adapt. Every industry has been impacted by (changes in technology) in both negative and positive ways, but I feel like to complain is pointless. I love Thom Yorke, but when I heard him complaining about Spotify, I’m like, ‘You’re just like an old guy yelling at fast trains’. I love anything that enables people to have more music in their lives.”

Yorke has since posted a link to Moby’s comments on his Twitter.com page, writing, “I am a 45 yr (sic) old Luddite and proud of it… yawn.”

Moby responded by declaring his respect for the Radiohead singer and David Byrne, another outspoken critic of Spotify, but he also insisted the stars need to embrace the digital music age.

In a post on Twitter, he writes, “To be clear, I love Thom Yorke and David Byrne, creative geniuses. I just don’t see the point in fighting a future that’s already here.”

Recent Headlines

in Election 2014, Local

New Subpoena Issued in NRI Probe

NRI

Federal authorities in Chicago issued a new subpoena over records involving Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program.

in Local

JCAR Wants More Time to Consider Fracking Rules

water

A legislative panel said Tuesday that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect.

in Local

UIUC Chancellor Regrets Uproar Over Professor

university illinois

Wise told the campus' Senate Executive Committee on Monday that the university's board of trustees will be asked to consider approving the hiring of future tenured faculty much earlier in the process.

in Local

Belleville “Needles in Meat” Man Again Seeking Bond

jail

A Metro East man accused of inserting sewing needles into packaged supermarket meats that a federal prosecutor called "booby traps'' wants a federal judge to reconsider denying him his release on bond.

in Election 2014, Local

Rauner Tied to Medicaid Fraud, Vallas Says

medicaid

He's not involved, spokesman says