Neil Young Wants You to Go Steal the MP3 Version of His New Record
Published Jun 20, 2016If there's one thing that Neil Young hates more than the GMO bigwigs at Monsanto, it's the poor quality of digital audio files. Young's distaste for the MP3 format rages so strong, he's gone and told fans to illegally download MP3s of his latest album themselves rather than purchasing them from him.
Appearing on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, Young revealed that his new album with Promise of the Real, Earth, would only be available on vinyl, CD and through his PONO music service. He then encouraged listeners to go take the MP3s free of charge.
"We want everybody to have it," he said. "I don't give a shit. Yeah, it's like, I can't sell that crap. Go make it yourself and take it home."
Young continued by telling listeners they could simply rip the files from Jay Z's TIDAL streaming service.
"If you wanna get it, I think they play the whole album on TIDAL in a couple of weeks," he said. "Go onto TIDAL and just record it off of TIDAL! It's gonna be 441 [Hz]. So that way everybody can get it, 'cause I'm not selling them. I'm not selling the MP3. When I start talking like that, my manager shows up."
As previously reported, Earth collects "live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows — creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere."
Earth is out now through Reprise. Take a look over here to claim what Neil feels is rightfully yours.