Speaking to the Sun, the guitarist said: "The machinery of making music means more people can do it now. The technology has made it easier to make music without being profoundly gifted."
He added: "What Lady Gaga has done is created an iconic figure who is someone we can get inside. She's a story and it's fascinating to watch - she's like a space oddity."
Townshend also gave his opinion on TV talent shows, stating: "You don't listen to TV any more. You sit there and spend your whole time shouting, 'What a c-nt, he's a c-nt, she's a c-nt, she's useless, she's great vote for her'. It has created a different way of watching television. Reality TV is about what goes on in the room when you're watching it."
The Who recently announced details of a UK and Ireland arena tour during which they will perform their classic album "Quadrophenia" in full.
The band will also play a selection of their other classics during the 10-date tour, which kicks off in Dublin on June 8 and wraps up in Liverpool on June 30. Tickets go on sale this Friday (February 1) at 9am. Directed by Roger Daltrey, the show features a full performance of their 1973 double album "Quadrophenia" accompanied by "powerful imagery projected on an array of massive screens".
According to the band, this imagery is "designed to support, complement and propel the musical content of the work by setting it in the context of the history of the band".
The Who will play:
06/08 - Dublin - The O2 06/10 - Belfast - Odyssey 06/12 - Glasgow - SECC 06/15 - London - The O2 06/18 - Sheffield - Motorpoint Arena 06/20 - Newcastle - Metro Arena 06/23 - Manchester - Arena 06/25 - Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena 06/28 - Birmingham - LG Arena 06/30 - Liverpool - Echo Arena
Thanks to NME for the report.