Neil Young removes music from streaming services due to ‘sound quality, not money’

The singer-songwriter says he 'doesn't feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans'

Folk legend Neil Young has removed all of his music from streaming services due to what he sees as the poor sound quality on offer.

The singer-songwriter has long been an advocate for increasing the audio quality of digital music, recently launching his hi-definition Pono music player.

Now, following the recent launch of new music streaming services like Apple Music and Tidal, Young has explained his boycott via a Facebook post.

“Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans,” Young wrote.

Despite recent controversy over the low royalty rates paid by services like Spotify, Apple Music and more, the musician states that the decision has been made “not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent”.

Young continued: “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.”

“For me, It’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that. When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.”


The news follows that of Prince pulling his music from every streaming service except Tidal.

Spotify posted a statement regarding the singer – who has had an uneasy relationship with the digital world in the past – earlier this month, it read: “Prince’s publisher has asked all streaming services to remove his catalog.”

“We have cooperated with the request, and hope to bring his music back as soon as possible.”