Iced Earth Defends Spotify

(Rock News Desk) Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer wants Century Media to put his band's catalogue back onto streaming service Spotify even though he understands why they pulled it.

Century last week withdrew over 200 bands' recordings from Spotify, saying the low per-play payment was hurting musicians' incomes. The label stated: "While everyone here believes in the ever-changing possibilities of new technology, we're also of the opinion that Spotify in its present form isn't the way forward."

"But Spotify is one of the most important developments in music I've seen in quite a while. It allows fans to search for music from all over the world. Sometimes rare, hard to find or out-of-print music," Schaffer said. "They hear it, like it, and buy it from a variety of sources. That's a good thing; stealing music is not. But sampling it on Spotify, which is legal and highly-regarded worldwide, is not stealing." more on this story

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