WayHome headliner Neil Young has recently made an announcement regarding the availability of his music on streaming services. The folk music performer explained his decision by stating “I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.” This comes as no surprise as Neil fronted a kick starter campaign for his music player PONO a portable music player that focuses on audio quality.
Here is the entire message he posted on facebook:
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.