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.

Filed Under: neil young, piracy, quality, radio


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 2 Feb 2012 @ 7:05pm

    Re: Re: re

    Yeah, with radio airplay which as we know boosts actual sales and so is in effect an advertisement, the labels did pull off the rather special achievement of getting paid by the radio stations for the privilege of broadcasting the adverts.

    The labels even managed to get government to make it illegal for them to pay the radio stations to play the tracks they wanted the radio to promote and even still, they are occasionally caught doing just that.

    Now that was a massively brilliant deal, but it is clearly insane, and its day is over.

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