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NEIL YOUNG announced yesterday that he was “done” with streaming and was taking his music off of all streaming services. He said the sound was bad. We know Neil likes hi end sound since he has his Pono music player and Pono Music Service.

Still, I don’t know what he’s after. I’ve been listening to him on Spotify and it sounds fine. The fact is, Spotify and all that is made for transient listening– the computer, the car, the beach. It’s like a transistor radio. If you want great sound, go to a STEREO system with an amp and nice speakers.

Anyway, it’s 24 hours later and Neil is still on Spotify. Nothing has changed. Unlike Prince, who took everything down, Neil may not be finding it so easy. And you know what? His “Monsanto Years” sounds pretty good on Spotify…

DAVID GILMOUR of Pink Floyd has announced a new album coming called “Rattle that Lock” in September. His inspiration is the most annoying sound in the world– the three note alert that’s played in French rail stations over the loudspeakers every few minutes. To me it always sounded like a version of the “Close Encounters” alien signal. Dave says when he heard it at the Aix en Provence train station it made him want to dance. Isn’t creativity weird? So he’s made a whole album based on this horrid sound, and I’m sure it will be a hit. But I won’t be able to listen to it. That sound makes me anxious that I’m missing a train…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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