Neil Young removes nearly all of his music from streaming sites

'It's not because of the money, it's about sound quality,' insists Young on the move

Neil Young has removed nearly all of his music from streaming services around the world in a dispute over sound quality.

Earlier this month Young announced that he was giving up streaming for good. “Streaming has ended for me,” he wrote on Facebook at the time. “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.”

He has now made good on his promise with the majority of his back catalogue disappearing from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Rdio overnight, including his biggest-selling LP ‘Harvest’, which reached Number One in both the US and UK when it was released in 1972.

Young justified that he doesn’t want his music ‘to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution’.


However, fans will be happy to know that the singer’s ’80s albums released on Geffen – ‘Trans’, ‘Everybody’s Rockin”, ‘Old Ways’, ‘Landing on Water’ and ‘Life’ – will still be available for easy listening.

This isn’t the end of Young’s relationship with streaming sites, however, as he assured his Facebook followers that ‘when the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never’.

In leaving Spotify, Young joins the likes of Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke, who both pulled their music from the service in the past two years.

Swift revealed her thoughts behind the decision in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece: ‘Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.’ Her ‘1989’ album is, however, streaming on Apple Music.