It seems that the Godfather Of Grunge has a bee in his bonnet regarding the state of the nation, streaming-wise. As Prince sort of did a while ago, Neil Young has removed his tunes from all streaming services (Prince tracks are still available on Tidal).
“I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution,” wailed Neil on his Facebook page. “I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans.” Having said that, though, he says never say never: he may rethink things if the quality of streaming audio improves.
Meanwhile, Neil’s crowdfunded $400 high definition Pono player and its companion cloud service featuring FLAC-formatted audio have been getting a less-than-stellar reception, with one Ars Technica hack going as far as to refer to it as “snake oil”.
Love, Dr. Scott James