Well that didn’t last long! Having previously taken almost all of his music off streaming services due to their alleged poor sound quality, Neil Young is back on Apple Music, Spotify and Rdio — as well as new music service Amazon Music Unlimited.
The creator of the high-fidelity PonoPlayer, Young last year published a missive in which he said that he didn’t want his music to be “devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.”
Somewhere along the way, though, it seems his stance his changed.
Young has long been an outspoken critic of what he perceives as poor quality audio. That mission led him to create the PonoPlayer, an expensive and poorly reviewed music player aimed at audiophiles, which never took off as hoped.
Before Apple Music he was critical of iTunes, which led to a spat with Steve Jobs. As revealed in the Jobs biography Becoming Steve Jobs, Young later attempted to make amends with the Apple co-founder by sending him remastered vinyl copies of all of his albums — only for Jobs to snap, “Fuck Neil Young, and fuck his records” when told about the gift.
Interestingly, while Young’s music vanished from most streaming services, it remained on TIDAL, which offers high-quality audio to subscribers.