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Tom DeLonge Likens Streaming Music to Killing Elephants

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In a recent interview with Faster Louder, Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves mastermind, Tom DeLonge, shared some very jarring thoughts on the world of music streaming.

“I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues,” the rock star tells Faster Louder. “It’s cool to put on your shelf but if you really think about what you’re doing, it sucks.”

DeLonge believes streaming music is essentially doing the same thing to musicians. “[You] might not be killing ‘em, but it’s killing the industry,” he opines. “It might be cool for you as somebody that likes music, but you’re not really thinking about the effect it has. We’ve got to value our art, you know?”

It must be a necessary evil for DeLonge, though, as Blink-182 and Angels and Airwaves’ catalogs are on one of the world’s biggest streaming services, Spotify. In fact, Angels and Airwaves’ most recent single, ‘The Wolfpack,’ can be found there.

DeLonge, of course, isn’t the only artist who doesn’t feel quite right about what Spotify is or isn’t doing for the music industry. It wasn’t too long ago that Taylor Swift yanked all of her music from the streaming giant, and Cracker’s David Lowery recently told us, “I don’t see anything great — services are attempting to lower their digital royalties. It’s going to be a rough few years … it’s just not an easy fix.”

Do you agree with DeLonge, or do you think his thoughts are a little extreme? Let us know in the comments section below.

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