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Neil Young Blasts Music Streaming Services and Pulls His Tunes: ‘Streaming Is the Worst Audio in History’ (Video)

Sorry fans, but the musician won’t keep on rockin’ in that free world

Neil Young’s battle against poor sound quality of music wages on.

The rockstar took his latest beef — this one against the streaming of songs, in general — to Facebook on Wednesday to proclaim he’s pulling his music from all streaming services. While Young is not thrilled with the royalties that the select services pay, it’s much more about the actual audio for him.

“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,” Young stated. “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,” he continued. “It’s bad for my music.”

“I was there. AM radio kicked streaming’s ass,” Young posted two hours later. “Analog Cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming’s ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming.”

“Streaming sucks,” he said. “Streaming is the worst audio in history … It’s not good enough to sell or rent.”

The rocker admitted that streaming is here to stay, and that he hasn’t fully closed to the book on it as a viable option — should the sound quality dramatically improve in the future.

“Make streaming sound good and I will be back,” he said.

Young believes that music quality is so important that he crowdfunded his Pono music player — a sort-of hi-fi iPod alternative — nearly doubling his $800,000 monthly goal by the end of Day 1.

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