Neil Young to Pull Catalogue From All Streaming Services

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Neil Young has suddenly announced on his Facebook page that he plans to pull his entire music catalogue from all streaming services such as Spotify. Unlike Taylor Swift’s view that streaming sites do not support artists well enough, Young claims that this decision is based solely on the “poor quality” of streaming services. “I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music. For me, It’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that,” he writes.

Young’s statement is a little surprising given that he just released his latest studio album, The Monsanto Years, on Spotify and other streaming services along with hard copy versions. As of this article’s publication, all of his almost 40 albums, EPs, specials, etc. are still on Spotify.

Fans can only wonder what made Young say “Enough!” to streaming services. However, the change may not be permanent. “When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never,” wrote Young as well on Facebook.

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