"Young went on to complain that Spotify’s music files are of low quality and inferior to other sites. While I can’t hear the difference, Joe Rogan was apparently not Young’s only complaint about Spotify."

It's worth noting that Young has run a streaming service himself, when he wasn't happy about the audio compression used on major platforms at the time[1]:

"Yes, albums are expensive. And it's true that many people probably won't appreciate the difference between the atmospheric, rich Pono pumps out and what they're used to hearing from Spotify or YouTube. But some will. It's not as if Neil Young's fans suddenly started funneling their concert ticket money into Pono's development. There's a very real market of people who want to hear music in the pristine quality it was recorded in. That's the very pitch that Neil Young has made central to Pono's purpose, and there's a reason Young's Pono isn't alone in pursuing those listeners."

It went out of business a few years later.


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Jan 31, 2022Liked by Chris J. Karr, David Thornton

Yeah, the Pono: years too late to the party, and people just didn't care enough about the quality difference between a mp3 and a lossless audio format. It sure as heck doesn't matter if you're not listening on a high-end set of speakers or headphones, or if you're on Bluetooth.

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Chris J. Karr, David Thornton

I'm not deaf but I have certainly lost a great deal of hearing in the higher frequency range. Years spent in an industrial and construction environment with only cotton ear plugs for hearing protection will do that. I've read that younger people have accelerated hearing loss by listening to loud music, especially using earbuds. Probably most of us can't appreciate the difference but I still have 20 of my favorite vinyls.

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