Noel Gallagher Airs His Grievances With Apple Music, Calls It ‘George Orwell S—‘
In an interview with the Swedish podcast Varvet International, Gallagher called the rise of streaming disheartening and referred to Apple Music’s attempts at monopolizing radio with its Beats 1 as “George Orwell s---.”
“If you tell me now that the record-buying era is over, that makes me sad, that the culture of buying and believing in the record is over,” Gallagher said. “That era is over and the belief is that music is for hire and for rent, the money that you pay lets you access everybody’s music but own none of it. I think that’s a sad day. I understand it’s the future, but it’s a sad day.”
When he specifically turned his attention to Apple Music, Gallagher admitted his wariness: “Apple Music, world radio, is that some sort of George Orwell s--- going on?”
“How can you be so arrogant that you can say, ‘We now f---ing own world radio?’” the former Oasis man challenged. “Unless there’s a f---ing section that says ‘Noel Gallagher’s music collection,’ I won’t be listening to it.”
“You pay 10 pound a month and then think, ‘I’m in a jazz mood today,’” he continued, “and then you’re not listening to yours, you’re letting someone else make the decision.”
Likewise, Gallagher finds the need for 24/7 access and insight into artists' lives and work troubling and "creepy" -- something perhaps exhibited by Apple Music’s "Connect" feature, which allows artists to directly share content with their fans.
“Who gives a f--- what the artist is doing?” Gallgher asked. “My love for the Smiths never suffered because I didn’t know what they were doing. They were either on tour, disappeared and then put an album out, and we all said, ‘Wow, f---ing hell, an album’s out, what’s it called?’”