Neil Young is Back on Spotify, But He isn’t Happy About it.

Publish Date
Thursday, 14 March 2024, 10:28AM

Neil Young’s catalogue has returned to the music streaming service Spotify, however he released a statement about it and.. Let’s say he’s not stoked about it.

Back in 2022 Young removed his music from the platform to protest Spotify’s exclusive Joe Rogan Experience podcast, accusing the production of spreading “misinformation.” 

In the statement on his website he also took jabs at the quality of music resolution Spotify puts out.

“Spotify, the number one streamer of low-res music in the world – Spotify, where you get less quality than we made – will now be home of my music again,” he wrote. “My decision comes as music services Apple and Amazon have started serving the same disinformation podcast features I had opposed at Spotify."

“I cannot just leave Apple and Amazon, like I did Spotify, because my music would have very little streaming outlet to music lovers at all, so I have returned to Spotify, in sincere hopes that Spotify sound quality will improve and people will be able to hear and feel all the music as we made it.”

Young went on to say his music was available elsewhere too,

Young noted that his catalogue was also available via Qobuz and Tidal, saying those services “are all high res as well.” He continued, “I hope all you millions of Spotify users enjoy my songs! They will now all be there for you except for the full sound we created.”

He finished with a direct message to the corporation, saying: “Spotify, you can do it! Really be number one in all ways. You have the music and the listeners! Start with a limited hi res tier and build from there!”

What are your thoughts on Young’s U-turn?

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