The music industry must play a role in improving working conditions under these companies, and they've done it before. 20 years ago most band merchandise - t-shirts, patches, hoodies - was, like most apparel, manufactured in sweatshops in China. Now most bands use fair trade certified suppliers for their merch.
Yesterday, I decided that I'm finished with Apple products. You might think this is a trivial decision. But how wrong you are. This has been one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I want to say it's not you, it's me, but that would be a lie. It's entirely you. I'm totally blameless, you have ruined my life.
Deep down in my subconscious, I've just discovered, is a line or two of programming that says my music somehow needs to be linked to a thing. Whether it's a 30cm black vinyl think, or a 12cm lacquer coated aluminium thing, or a little plastic cassette of iron oxide coated mylar, it's got to be a tangible, physical thing.
On the train to work you’re plugged in to your iPhone. The livestreaming radio drops out as you head underground and you switch to your iPod. If you...