When you’re Neil Young, you probably worry less about revealing some of Apple’s secrets at a high-profile technology conference. The musician was interviewed on-stage at D: Dive Into Media, and claimed he had been working directly with Apple CEO Steve Jobs on plans to offer uncompressed music digitally, but that Apple has now “pretty much” stopped working on the idea. Young thinks that’s a shame. “The convenience of the digital age has forced people to choose between quality and convenience. They shouldn’t have to make that choice.” Young also had some thoughts on piracy – “Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around” – and defended the role record labels play in the modern music industry. “What I like about record companies is that they present and nurture artists. That doesn’t exist on iTunes, it doesn’t exist on Amazon. That’s what a record company does, and that’s why I like my record company. People look at record companies like they’re obsolete, but there’s a lot of soul in there — a lot of people who care about music, and that’s very important.”

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