Francis, whose reformed Pixies will join Robert Plant for several tour dates in June, explained that he finds streaming more practical, adding that he doesn’t worry about the financial aspect.
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“I’m fine with streaming,” Black told The Daily Beast. “That’s all I listen to now. iTunes is too much of a pain in the ass. I have an iTunes account, but I mean, Jesus, between the Cloud and the iTunes Match and ‘did I buy this?’ and ‘did I not buy it?’ and ‘did I lose it?’ and all that shit, it’s kind of annoying. That was the best setup a few years ago, but now that there’s streaming—which can be annoying too, because it’s all just accounts and passwords—it’s a little bit of an annoyance, like a lot of technology. But in general it seems to work.”
Asked about the financial aspect, he continued: “There’s an opportunity for my music to be heard and potentially paid for? Great, do it. Is it the best that I can be paid? Is it the worst that I can be paid? I don’t know,” before adding, “I just want to fucking play music and make art. I’m not criticising other people who have highly developed opinions about all this, but I just don’t have time for it. I don’t have any interest in it. I just want to play music, and fortunately I’ve got my T-shirt money, I’ve got my concert ticket money, I’ve got my commercial usage money. It’s no different than when I started out.”
Meanwhile, Francis and co will open for Robert Plant in Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Rochester Hills and Raleigh this June. Plant’s full dates can be found at his official website.