Keith Richards: 'Buyers of digital music fans are being shortchanged'

The Rolling Stones guitarist admits he does not have an iPod

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Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones has admitted that he does not own an iPod and feels that the sound quality of MP3s is leaving fans "short changed".

Revealing that he does not own an iPod, Richards says he understands the use of being able to store thousands of songs on one device but that he feels the sound quality is poor in comparison to CDs and records. Speaking to Billboard the guitarist says: "I don't have an iPod. I still use CDs or records actually. Sometimes cassettes. It has much better sound; a much better sound than digital."

Richards goes on to say: "My old lady's got one. My kids have got them. I say, 'Look me up this.' Or, 'Oh I like that. Check me that... I know what these things can do. I'm not totally anti-them."

The Rolling Stones played a tiny club show in Los Angeles last weekend (April 27). The gig took place at The Echoplex in the trendy Echo Park neighbourhood, with most tickets distributed to fans via a ticket lottery which took place earlier in the day at the El Rey venue across town, after the news of the show went online that morning.

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