Personally, I find YouTube’s business to be very disingenuous. It is built on the backs of free, stolen content and that’s how they got that big. I think any free-tiered service is not fair. It’s making their numbers and getting them a big IPO and it is built on the back of my work and that of my peers. That’s how I feel about it. Strongly. We’re trying to build a platform that provides an alternative — where you can get paid and an artist can control where their [content] goes.
According to Wikipedia (and Billboard), Trent Reznor was the “chief creative officer” at Beats before it was bought by Apple. He currently has the same job at Apple Music, although after this interview there’s no guarantee he will hold the job for much longer.
Later in the interview he tries to cover for his earlier remark:
I’ve dedicated my whole life to this craft, which, for a variety of reasons, is one that people feel we don’t need to pay for anymore. And I went through a period of pointing fingers and being the grumpy, old, get-off-my-lawn guy. But then you realize, let’s adapt and figure out how to make this better instead of just complain about it.
No, I get the feeling he’s still in that phase, don’t you?