Sunday, May 19, 2024

Neil Young Pulls His Music From Streaming Services: “It’s Not Because of the Money”


Neil Young is pulling off his music off of streaming services, presumably all of them including Spotify and Apple Music. He says it’s not about the money, but it’s about the money. He joins Prince in this endeavor.

Just a note: Taylor Swift is still not on Spotify. But joining AppleMusic has given her about 50,000 extra sales in the last three weeks. Just sayin’…

The older artists have little leverage renegotiating royalty deals. It’s a shame. The streaming services will only cave to Swift and maybe one or two top names besides the Beatles– who btw are still on on Apple Music.

PS His catalog is still on Spotify at 1:04pm.

Neil’s post:
Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans.

It’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.

It’s about sound quality. 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.

When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.

Neil Young

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