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
    Bengie, 2 Feb 2012 @ 10:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Senility is kicking in

    I've had a few songs that when compressed with 128kb MP3, it would literally hurt my ears. It would feel like there was a pressure against my ear drums, which turns into an ear ache, and then I would shortly get a headache. The mild pain actually persists for quite a while.

    Raising it to 320kb got rid of it and even low bitrate ogg/vorbis didn't have the issue. Why I love ogg/vorbis for compressed audio.

    I can hear the compression artifacts from sub 256kb MP3, quite annoying.

    My ears are sensitive to distortions as many cause actual physical discomfort. Because of this, I think I've taught myself to pick-up on the distortions.

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