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Luddite of the week: Julian Casablancas hates streaming

Luddite of the week: Julian Casablancas hates streaming
To be fair to Julian Casablancas, we know that musicians have plenty of reasons to be annoyed at streaming services, chief among them a generational shift from buying music to paying £10 a month to stream it. But Strokes man Julian does seem to have a few other odd problems.
So, yes we get him telling Billboard “They’re all just ripping everyone off… You can have your online existence, but trying to suck on Spotify’s sweet sweetness is just a waste of time for me.” But he then defends radio: “Everyone I know who’s listening to Spotify or Apple Music doesn’t discover anything interesting… When I ask them to pull up a cool song, they don’t even have one. If you have to choose a streaming service, I would say YouTube is the only one, even though that’s kind of not what it is.” He’s into “DJs playing cool things.”
“It’s so stupid,” he added. “It’s gone so backwards. The whole process of music is so stupidly complicated right now, for all the technology.”

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