Bono 'respects' Spotify for slowly monetising the music industry again

Bono made the comments while recovering from cycling injuries

U2 frontman Bono has weighed in on the Spotify music row claiming he respects the service - and others similar to it - for converting pirates into paying consumers.

The Irish musician has jumped to the defence of the troubled music-streaming service, which has come under fire from artisits including Taylor Swift who recently claimed the site is “not fairly compensating the writers, producers, artists, and creators of music".

In a blog post, written while he recovers from injuries sustained in a cycling accident, Bono said: “The reason I respect for-fee services like Spotify is that they are slowly turning people who are used to getting their music for-free, into paying ten dollars a month for a subscription model.

“These payments don't add up to replacement for income from physical or digital sales at the moment, but I think they can if everyone sits down – record companies, artists and digital services – to figure out a fairer way of doing business.”

The U2 frontman also discussed his controversial 2014 album ‘Songs of Innocence’. The album was gifted to iTunes users in an automatic update – a move the musician likened to a “bottle of milk dropped at the door of anyone interested in music and iTunes”.

However, both Apple and U2 drew heavy criticism for the album's automatic digital distribution to iTunes-installed devices, meaning it appeared without the consent of users.

On the episode, Bono said: "[There was] no flagrant abuse of human rights, but it was very annoying to people who a) like being annoyed, and/or b) felt it was like someone robbing their phone in the pub and taking a couple of photos before leaving it back on the table... a breach of privacy which was really not intended.”

Despite the blunder, the U2 frontman praised Apple’s devotion to music, dubbing the firm’s gifting of ‘Songs of Innocence’ “a beautiful thing”.

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