He’s only gone and done it (two weeks after he said he would). Jocular Canadian songsmith Neil Young has started to remove his music from a number of streaming services. In the middle of the month, he posted a Facebook update in which he explained in detail why he hated the audio quality on streaming services and why he didn’t want his music on there.
He is, of course, a well-known audiophile but it is not clear if he put Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and the rest through his rigorous “More barn!” audio quality control. Rolling Stone notes that some albums (i.e. those on Geffen from the 1980s) are still on some services (Music Ally checked Spotify and Apple Music this morning and those albums were still on both services). Lucky for Neil, not that many people will want to listen to ‘Betty Lou’s Got A New Pair Of Shoes’ off 1983’s Everybody’s Rockin’ to hear how bad he thinks it sounds.