AceShowbiz - Neil Young is pulling off his music from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Neil made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, July 15. The "Harvest Moon" wrote, "Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans."
"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 explained, "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," he adds.
Following the announcement, Neil shared a second posting further slamming the sound quality of streaming services. "I was there. AM radio kicked streaming's ass. Analog Cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming's ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming," he recalled.
"Streaming sucks. Streaming is the worst audio in history. If you want it, you got it. It's here to stay. Your choice. Copy my songs if you want to. That's free. Your choice. All my music, my life's work, is what I am preserving the way I want it to be," the "Old Man" crooner continued, "It's already started. My music is being removed from all streaming services. It's not good enough to sell or rent. Make streaming sound good and I will be back."
Neil added a video collage of his performance along with caption, "Pine knob. Still clear as a bell. Peace."
It's still unknown which services will be affected by Neil withdrawing his catalog. Representatives for the singer, Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music did not immediately respond to a request for comment.