“I have never been in favor of censorship”
Neil Young clarified via his official website that his decision to remove his catalog from Spotify was in no way to censor Joe Rogan.
Young wrote, “I support free speech. I have never been in favor of censorship. Private companies have the right to choose what they profit from, just as I can choose not to support my music on a platform that disseminates harmful information. I am happy and proud to stand in solidarity with frontline healthcare workers who risk their lives every day to help others.
As previously reported, Young has pulled their catalog from Spotify due to the Spotify-exclusive podcast The Joe Rogan Experience and its history of spreading misinformation about COVID.
Young’s statement also took aim at Spotify for its writing streaming audio quality: “Digital music has been with us for about 40 years now. Digital, rather than reproducing copies of music as we did in the analog era, reconstructs it from 1s and 0s and reads the data you hear as music. This allows business people like those who run Spotify to reduce the quality of music content by up to 5%.
He added: “…Amazon, Apple Music and Qobuz deliver up to 100% of the music today and it sounds so much better than Spotify’s degraded and neutralized sound. If you support Spotify, you are destroying an art form. Business on art. Spotify plays artists’ music at 5% quality and charges you as if it’s the real thing. Amazon, Apple Music and Qobuz now deliver the real thing. Spotify has been ripping you off since day one.
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