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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    TtfnJohn (profile), 2 Feb 2012 @ 9:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    When CD's first appeared the assumption was made that as 22kHz was near the high range humans can hear and distinguish that they could safely cut off the top end there. The testing, remember, was done with single tone frequency runs not by playing notes on an instrument. Pianos and guitars and harps were too imprecise for what they wanted.

    Remember, though that I did say distinguish. As a whole musicians and singers can distinguish the side tones created by a note played at 22kHz well up into the 40kHz range. And that's where the observation that CD's sound "flat" or toneless comes from. The high frequency side tones are missing. Rather they were because they're back in there now.

    Analogue is different than digital in that it creates side tones surrounding the note(s) being played or sung. Digital doesn't. Early CD recordings would drop the sidetones altogether.

    Still, I'd agree with Neil if he thinks mp3's are crap. I prefer to think of them as sonic swamps what with all the compression and all.

    As usual it will work itself out over time. FLAC is far better while WAV does some cut off at the high and low end to save bandwidth.

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