Earlier this month, the debate on whether musicians benefit from streaming services was revisited after Taylor Swift's record label pulled all of her music from Spotify. 

Since then, Spotify and Swift's label have gone back and forth disputing the actual royalties received by the streaming service. (Spotify says Swift's label received $2 million from the artist's streamed songs in the past year. The label says it was actually $500,000.)

If anyone's going to pull their content off of Spotify, it certainly doesn't hurt Swift to do so. 

Her latest album "1989" generated more than $10 million in sales in its first week after selling more than 1.2 million copies. She's the only artist whose last three albums have sold more than one million copies in their debut week.

Over the weekend, during a press day for ďInterstellar,Ē we asked Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer his thoughts on the Taylor Swift / Spotify ordeal.  

His response included a passionate critique of the music industry, in which he told Business Insider music shouldnít be free and came to the defense of Taylor Swift and musicians in general.

Zimmer explained to Business Insider:

I think Taylor Swift, and really honestly, I havenít quite been following it ó I've been a little busy ó but my point on the whole thing is, you know, itís very easy to say, ĎOh, those rich musicians. Their music should be free or whatever.'

It shouldnít be free. Itís their livelihood. Itís their job. And Iím not talking about the rich musicians. Anybody should have the chance to as their dream say, ĎI want to become a musician and I want to make a living at it.í You know? And why shouldnít they be afforded a living? Itís a great big world and if there are millions of people listening to your music and enjoying it and getting something out of it then itís not a hobby, itís work.

The composer also explained the importance of original orchestral music:

Itís absolutely ridiculous. Look, one of my big things in life is, I like using real orchestras. I like supporting real orchestras. The way the music industry has run itself into the ground ... you know the last place on Earth that really on a daily basis commissions orchestral music is Hollywood. Whatever horrible things you want to say about Hollywood ó which are all true ó you canít take away this idea that itís the last place on Earth that actually supports orchestral music. And I think, itís just a thought I have, you know, if we lose the orchestra itís not just about these musicians and their families and their livelihood. You know the loss of the orchestra would be such a rift in our Ö such a tear into our culture. We as humanity would lose a lot more.

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