Neil Young says that the online streaming quality has made him pulls his music off as it degrades his music.
Neil Young following Taylor Swift’s example, has pulled off his music from online streaming services. He made an official announcement on his Facebook page which as later on highlighted on his Twitter, the brief statement said; streaming ends for me today...
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Although the Canadian rocker might not be taking this step for the money as he admittedly said that was not because of the money. He said that his share (like all the other artists) had dramatically reduced by bad deals made without his consent.
Too sad but still not the reason he gave for cutting off from online sources. For the 60s and 70s rocker with bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and having a hit solo career himself, admitted that it was the quality.
According to him it’s about sound quality. He said that he doesn’t need his music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. He added that he doesn’t feel right allowing the worst quality to be sold to his fans, saying it was bad for his music.
His criticism is the latest blow to streaming services like Spotify, which has been accused by artists of offering meager payments for work. Young has as a result developed Pono, a portable player aimed to lend a higher quality than streaming or MP3.
This is not the first time that Young has pulled off his music like this which made us think that he was not following Taylor. Taylor Swift actually agreed to put her latest hit album 1989 on Apple Music.
That was just days after Apple did an about-face by agreeing to pay artists during a free trial of its new streaming music service as a result of an open letter penned by Swift making the very same demands.
After the events of this week, I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music...and happily so.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 25, 2015
Young admitted that if the quality of the streaming improved, he might consider putting it back online once more. Never say never was what the artist said about the idea.