Adele: Streaming music is not for Hello singer |


Adele says she doesn't stream her music — she buys it

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Adele considers herself old-fashioned in more ways than one, including the fact that she avoids streaming music services. 

“I don’t use streaming,” she told TIME magazine in a new interview. “I buy my music. I download it, and I buy a physical [copy] just to make up for the fact that someone else somewhere isn’t.” 

Calling streaming “a bit disposable,” Adele continued, “I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music,” which she says “should be an event.”

She’s not the first singer superstar to speak out against streaming. Taylor Swift famously pulled her vast library of music from Spotify and wrote an open letter to Apple urging the company to change its policies on compensating artists during Apple Music’s free three-month trial period. 

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“It was amazing,” Adele said of Swift’s actions. “I love her — how powerful she is. We’ll get lumped together now because of it, but I think we would both feel the ability to say yes or no to things even if we weren’t successful.”

Earlier in the interview, the singer remarked how “ridiculous” it is “that high-profile people have that much access to the public” through social media. “How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a photo? That ain’t real,” she said. “The speed with which we discover and get over things is too fast. I’m frightened that I’m not going to be able to relate to my kid.”

On the other hand, some of her listeners find it hard relating to Adele. Citing criticism over the use of a dated landline and flip phone in her “Hello” music video, the singer said, “I still use landlines…It is so unlikely I’d have a flip phone in this day and age. Call me old-fashioned, call me ignorant, but whatever. Take it or leave it.” 

Head to TIME for even more from the magazine’s Adele cover story.