Neil Young halts streaming of his music

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Neil Young bans his music from streaming due to ‘worst’ sound quality.

Singer-songwriter Neil Young says he will no longer allow his music to be streamed — not because of disputes over royalties but over poor 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,” the Canadian rocker said in a post on his Facebook page. Neil Young, 69, was one of the biggest rock stars of the 1960s and 1970s with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and a successful solo career that has included albums like “Harvest” and “Rust Never Sleeps.” Neil Young has long complained about digital audio and, as a result, has developed Pono, a portable player that aims to lend a higher quality than streaming or MP3. Most notably, top-selling pop star Taylor Swift withdrew her catalogue from Spotify last November, saying the business had shrunk the number of paid album sales drastically. Last month, Swift agreed to put her latest hit album “1989” on Apple Music, days after Apple Inc did an about-face, agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service.

Young said his decision is “not because of the money, although my share (like all other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent”. The move is a challenge to major services such as Spotify, Rdio and Apple Music to upgrade their audio quality so songs sound more like the original recordings.

Young ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch the Pono portable music device and download service to promote high-quality audio in digital music. He’s not the only artist to be frustrated with streaming: Earlier this month, Prince removed his music from all streaming services except Tidal, an artist-owned service with an uncompressed high-fidelity option.

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