Young isn’t the first musician to deny subscription music services the rights to stream his songs. Taylor Swift made headlines last year when she removed her music from Spotify because of what she argued was insufficient compensation for ad-supported streams.
However, Young’s beef isn’t the money, as he said Wednesday. Instead, he’s unhappy with the audio quality of music services. Said Young:
“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.”
When contacted by Variety, Young’s team confirmed that he will be removing his music from streaming services but declined to comment further. Much of Young’s music, including his latest album, “The Monsanto Years,” remained on Spotify at the time of writing. A Spotify spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Neil Young’s obsession with audio quality isn’t just focused on streaming: The musician is also heading Pono, a company that sells a portable HD audio player by the same name and also runs a music download service.