Neil Young is removing his music from streaming services. But he's not doing it for the money. Young, who has long been a champion of high-resolution audio and famously launched his own Pono high-res player and streaming service last year, posted the following on his Facebook page:
“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.
Copy my songs if you want to. That's free.
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.
We applaud Young for fighting the good fight, but it remains to be seen whether his move will gain any traction.
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