Neil Young fans who haven’t invested in Pono or bought copies of the rocker’s music better binge on his catalogue because it might be gone soon. Young wrote Wednesday on Facebook that his wide discography will soon disappear from streaming services.
“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 writes in his initial post. “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.”
“Streaming sucks,” he writes in a follow-up post. “Streaming is the worst audio in history.”
As of 3:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, his catalogue remained on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music and Google Play.
Young declared that if the digital quality improves, he would be brought his music back to the services: “Make streaming sound good and I will be back.”
The musician’s decision isn’t a unique one among contemporaries. Earlier this month, Prince pulled his tunes off many streaming services.
Requests for comment from Young’s camp, Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and Google Play were not immediately returned.