Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Debates MetalSucks Co-Founder Vince Neilstein About Music Streaming on The MetalSucks Podcast Special Episode #232.5


Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante made some comments in the press last week regarding the merits of music downloading and streaming that inspired MetalSucks co-founder Vince Neilstein to declare the legendary skinsman “old and out of touch.” Benante, naturally, took exception to that categorization and contacted MetalSucks to let us know.

Never one to let an opportunity for a good argument pass by, Vince responded by offering Charlie the opportunity to debate the topic one-on-one for the MetalSucks-reading and Anthrax-adoring masses to dissect… and he accepted! With Charlie very much in the old-school camp and Vince firmly in the new with regards to how technology has affected music consumption, the resulting chat made for a great discussion. We covered quite a bit of ground, starting with Benante’s assertion that “Apple had a big hand in destroying music,” his preference for listening to music on physical formats, the income artists and labels earn from streaming platforms like Spotify and YouTube, “pay what you want” pricing models and how all those things fit into the overall economic picture of the modern artist.

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