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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    saulgoode (profile), 2 Feb 2012 @ 9:06am

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    Your blind assumption is correct; as is Mr Young's view that CD quality is inferior to that available with vinyl. The sample rate of CDs, 44100 samples per second, was based upon the presumption that humans were incapable of discerning audio frequencies above 22kHz. This cutoff frequency was determined with tests involving AB comparisons of music (e.g., A with high frequencies, B without).

    The problem with the AB testing that led to the CD sample rate was, while humans might not immediately recognize the absence of higher frequencies while listening to a brief snippet of sound, they are able to perceive them at a subliminal level. Tests which involved subjects listening to music for extended lengths of time (30 minutes or more) produced results where humans demonstrably preferred the versions containing higher frequency content, suggesting that the perceived range of human hearing extended to nearly 50kHz.

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