Neil Young Dumps Streaming Services Over Sound Quality


Back to Pono, er, mono!

By Uncle Blurt

Me, I like my Spotify and Pandora for casual listening – I mean, who doesn’t? The services are free for starters. And the convenience factor is immense; it’s way easier than climbing down to the BLURT basement where the albums and CDs are stored. Well, Neil Young, that’s who doesn’t like ’em or any streaming services. Today on Facebook Young announced he was removing his music from all of them.

Although he’s not specifically pulling a Taylor Swift, for while he apparently has never been overjoyed at the financial compensation streaming yields, as he’s always been kinda cranky about sound quality as it relates to various music formats – remember how he wouldn’t let a bunch of his catalog titles be released on CD, claiming the vinyl was so superior as to render the CD’s sound unlistenable? – it’s no surprise he would make this kind of move.

Posted Young:

Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans. It’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent. It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music. For me, It’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that. When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never. -Neil Young

Young then thought about this some more and decided to do a “how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…” by listing all the formats that beat streaming’s ass, including AM radio and 8-tracks. Say what? Methinks memory might not be serving Young in the best manner. Hold on, let me go get a matchbook so I can jam it into my 8-track player so I can actually hear my copy of Tonight’s The Night without it mistracking.

At any rate, here’s what Young came up with:

I was there. AM radio kicked streaming’s ass. Analog Cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming’s ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming.

Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history. If you want it, you got it. It’s here to stay. Your choice. Copy my songs if you want to. That’s free. Your choice.

All my music, my life’s work, is what I am preserving the way I want it to be. It’s already started. My music is being removed from all streaming services. It’s not good enough to sell or rent. Make streaming sound good and I will be back. -Neil Young

Well, there you have it, music industry. Make that stuff sound good… actually, there is a little something already in place called HQ streaming… Incidentally, the fan comments following each of Young’s post are solidly entertaining – some are silly, some are scathing, but as a whole they make for a terrific read.

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