Neil Young Says ‘No’ to Streaming Services
Call him a curmudgeon if you'd like, but Neil Young certainly isn't sitting back on the veranda in his golden years. Hot on the release of The Monsanto Years, a sincere anti-corporate tirade backed up by blistering guitars, Young has now decided to pull all his music from streaming music services.
Neil made the announcement earlier today via his Facebook page, calling streaming music "the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution."
The full statement reads:
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.
When this will all fall into place is uncertain. As of mid-afternoon, July 15, Spotify is still fully loaded with Neil's music, old and new.