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Neil Young To Remove His Music From All Streaming Services


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Many artists remove their music from streaming services for diverse reasons,… because they don’t make any money, or because they have signed with Tidal and Spotify has become the evil one? On Wednesday, Neil Young said he is removing his music catalogue from streaming services because of the sound! He took on Facebook to write:

‘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’

I am not a musician and may be I am already half deaf, but I simply can’t hear the difference when I listen to Spotify, iTunes… I know some people still play CDs and even vinyl and Neil certainly does that, but it is simply not convenient, especially in a car! And in a car, with the air conditioning on and the traffic noise, don’t tell me it is possible to tell the difference between a MP3, a Flac, or a streaming service, which is basically the same than a MP3. I know that Neil Young only plays his Pono with Flac formats but didn’t Tidal, a streaming service, also promised the exact same thing? A Flac/high quality streaming?

Plus Neil is old, I am getting old too and the truth is that your hearing ages too and if you do this test on YouTube, you may determine how old your ears are depending on the frequency you can still hear. I fell under the under 50 category, but not under the under 40 category, which is not bad considering the loud concerts I have attended! The range for a human hearing is 20-20,000 Hz when you are young, but for me, forget about anything above 15,000 Hz.

MP3 are compressed files and since high frequencies take up a lot of space, making a MP3 means getting rid of these high frequencies since a small number of high frequencies equals a very large amount of data. So at the end, listening to a MP3 doesn’t make a difference if you are old because you would not be able to hear these missing high frequencies anyway.

Neil Young is using a false excuse to re-launch his Pono music player, he has been on a crusade for this better sounding quality myth since the beginning. Anyway there are a lot of chances that the majority of people who stream music do not listen to Neil Young!

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