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Moby's Refreshing Take on Spotify

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A major musician, DJ and public figure said something positive about Spotify so don't expect to see it on the sites that only make the "bad stuff" about Internet radio go viral.

Aram Sinnreich, a very interesting guy who teaches (he professes!) at Rutgers University, interviewed Moby, who had this to say about the Spotify dustup, most recently perpetuated by Thom Yorke:

I believe artists deserve the right to make money from what they do but I think the clever musician in 2013 can find lots of ways to make a living. They can write music for movies or video games, they can do remixes, they can DJ, they can write songs for other people, they can develop apps. There are so many interesting and challenging ways for a musician to make a good living in 2013 that to just focus on this [streaming] seems very odd and short sighted.
The other thing I find really funny -- and sort of sadly ironic -- is that, at the end of the day, you have music coming out of speakers but so many people are getting worked up about the delivery mechanism that brings the music to those speakers. I don't hear anyone getting up in arms about radio payments ...
If it's coming off the radio, they get very excited; but if its coming off Spotify they get all worked up ... How can you malign one delivery vehicle and applaud another delivery vehicle?

Yes. Refreshing. Chest bumps and fist pumps to Moby.

Moby also chimed in on the efficacy of Pandora's (P) Music Genome Project (MGP):

Some music algorithms are surprisingly accurate and relevant, but at the end of the day what they don't have is the arbitrary and surprise element that humans have. If I am listening to my favourite college radio station, the DJ might play a Black Flag song followed by a Bon Iver song followed by a Frank Sinatra song followed by some obscure minimalist techno.
The fantastic arbitrary aspect of it is the one thing that none of the streaming algorithms can do. As much as I love Hank Williams, sometimes it's really nice to have a Hank Williams song followed by a Pantera song.

It's important to note that Moby did say "I love Pandora" before getting into that very relevant critique of the MGP. His assessment sounds a lot like what TheStreet's Carlton Wilkinson had to say in How Pandora's Music Genome Could Fail Against the Likes of Apple.

Moby hits many other subjects with Sinnreich, including piracy, a "deal" he did with BitTorrent and how to make it as a musician in the digital age. It's well worth your time at the link.

--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Rocco Pendola is a columnist for TheStreet. Pendola makes frequent appearances on national television networks such as CNN and CNBC as well as TheStreet TV. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.

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