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Pete Townshend Bites Apple

Pete Townshend used an appearance at a radio industry conference Monday (10/31) in the UK  to call on Tim Cook, the new managing director of Apple Computer, to realign it's iTunes store to make it less of what the Who guitarist called '...a digital vampire' bleeding musicians.  He also lashed out at music pirates, saying that a society that condones downloading music in a way that cheats musicians out of royalties for their work is one that has '...gone wrong with human morality and social justice.'  Speaking at the 2011 Radio Festival in Salford, Townshend also challenged the technology giant to commit to providing free computers to emerging artists it feels are most deserving, as well as helping them them with license and market their music.  The guitarist said his 'inner atrist considered Steve Jobs ' of the coolest guys on the planet' even though he once expressed the opinion the late Apple founder should '...have his balls cut off' for what his company had done to musicians.


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