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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    Mr. Bald, 3 Feb 2012 @ 7:10am

    FLACs and hi res mp3s

    I think the problem is the amplifier used. most people only play their 192kbs mp3s through their dumb phone or ipod... and that's fine if you have low expectations or are on the go. But when I play 320kbs mp3s on my ipod, plugged into my stereo system, with proper eq and amplification: all sounds pretty f'n good. I also find FLAC rips of vinyl to be almost always superior to the crappy "remasters" on CD these days... convert those FLACs to 320 mp3 for mobility and I'm good to go.

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