Blink 182 frontman Tom DeLonge has likened streaming music to killing endangered animals.
The pop-punk band headlined Reading and Leeds this summer.
“I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues,” he told Faster Louder.
“It’s cool to put on your shelf but if you really think about what you’re doing it sucks. Streaming music is doing the same thing to artists – might not be killing them but it’s killing the industry.”
The musician releases his new album with Angels & Airwaves, The Dream Walker, on December 8.
He asserted that the consequences of streaming should be better considered.
“It might be cool for you as somebody that likes music but you’re not really thinking about the effect it has,” he said. We’ve got to value our art, you know?”
Blink-182 through the years
Blink-182 through the years
Blink 182 perform at the Leeds Festival on 22 August 2014
Tom DeLonge has announced his departure from Blink-182
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Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, who headlined Reading and Leeds in August 2014
Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 pictured in 2011
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Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 perform live on the Main stage during the third and final day of Reading Festival on 29 August 2010 in Reading, England
Blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge perform during the first show of the band's reunion tour at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on 23 July 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus (L) and drummer Travis Barker perform during the first show of the band's reunion tour at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on 23 July 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Blink 182 pose for photographs before 'MTV Icon 2004 - The Cure' at Old Billingsgate Market on 17 September 2004 in London
'Choice' Love Song' winners, Blink 182 speak on stage at The 2004 Teen Choice Awards held on 8 August 2004 at Universal Amphitheater, in Universal City, California
Blink 182 bandmates Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus arrive at the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean : The Curse of the Black Pearl' on 28 June 2003 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
Portrait of the Blink 182 group, lifeguard post, 2002
Blink-182 at KROQ's 12th Annual 'Almost Acoustic Christmas' at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on 8 December 2001
Blink 182 win Best Group Video on 7 September 2000 at the MTV Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
MTV's Carson Daly with Blink 182 on 'MTV 2 Large' on New Year's Eve in MTV's Times Square studios on 31 Decemeber 1999
Blink 182 (L-R original drummer Scott Raynor, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge) pose for a portrait in their dressing room at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, California on 8 October 1996
Taylor Swift also recently spoke against music streaming, withdrawing her work from Spotify amid widespread criticism from fans.
Although she argued she does “want to be part of progress”, the singer does not believe music should be free.
“I felt like I was saying to my fans, 'If you create music someday, if you create a painting someday, someone can just walk into a museum, take it off the wall, rip off a corner off it and it's theirs now and they don't have to pay for it,” she said.
“I didn't like the perception that it was putting forth and so I decided to change the way I was doing things.”Reuse content