Today, Neil Young took to social media to announce that he’s removing his music from all streaming services, including Apple Music. Young is blaming the decision on their poor audio quality rather than any financial frustration.
Young, who was the founder of the high fidelity Pono media player and digital service, is an advocate for audio quality. Here is Young’s full explanation:
“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.
It is possible that Young is just trying to make his own music service stand out. If you are a streaming music subscriber and you want to listen to Young’s work, you may still have some time.
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