Singer-songwriter and musician Neil Young said on Wednesday he won’t allow his music to be streamed any more, not because of disputes over royalties, but rather over poor 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,” the Canadian rocker said in a post on his Facebook page. “I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.”
Young, 69, was one of the biggest rock stars of the 1960s and 1970s with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and a successful solo career that has included albums like Harvest and Rust Never Sleeps. He has long complained about digital audio and, as a result, has been developing Pono, a portable player that aims to lend a higher quality than streaming or MP3.