Critics of Townshend's stance, however, will undoubtedly point to the fact that The Who gets money from sales of the group's music on iTunes.

Apple has not yet responded to TheStreet's request for comment on this story.

Shares of Apple fell $10.17, or 2.51%, to $394.78 on Tuesday, mirroring the broader retreat in tech stocks that saw the Nasdaq dip 2.92%.

-- Written by James Rogers in New York.

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