In an effort to address the critics of streaming music head on, Beats Music has hired Dave Allen, the former bass guitarist for the post-punk band Gang of Four, to be the company's public face and chief advocate.
The newly created position involves conveying the economic benefits of streaming music to musicians who may be skeptical of how much money they can earn from subscription music royalties and consumers who are reluctant to pay for it.
Though known largely for his roles as founding member of the Gang of Four and Shriekback, Allen, 58, also has been outspoken in his own writings and in various interviews and speaking engagements about the opportunities that technology and digital platforms bring to musicians. One of his latest articles, penned as an opinion piece for The Guardian, was entitled, "Why David Byrne is Wrong About Spotify." In the piece, Allen provides a counterpoint to arguments by Byrne and Thom Yorke that streaming music companies aren't paying artists enough money.