Neil Young: Piracy Is The New Radio (But The Quality Sucks)

from the well,-there's-that... dept

Neil Young apparently isn't too concerned about copyright infringement these days, according to his comments at the D: Dive into Media conference:
It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. [...] That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it.
Of course, that's a bit of a reverse from back when he was angry that YouTube wasn't paying him money when people uploaded his songs. Still, it's good to see him come around to the view that infringement is, basically, a new form of radio. Artists like Chuck D have been making that argument for over a decade.

Young is still concerned... but about the fact that the quality of MP3 files sucks. He'd prefer technologies that provide a much fuller sound:
Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous. [...] But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 2 Feb 2012 @ 8:10am

    Re: Legitimate concern

    If you test the public, there is a very, very tiny portion of it that can differentiate an low MP3 file from a CD recording.

    But I bet you anything that if you stamp it with "Higher Quality" or "Master Recording Quality" even though those people can't hear the difference they all will pay through their noses to get it, just like there are people who pay $500 dollars for an iPhone wallpaper or $1000 dollars for a "superior" digital cable.

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