Neil Young: Accept Music Piracy, It's the New Radio

Neil Young is calling Internet piracy the new radio. But what does that mean exactly?

Well, according to the wealthy Rock legend, the Internet -- and its many locations that play tunes for free -- should be viewed as a massive channel where artists and fans can advertise and sample songs.

In a recent interview with D: Dive Into Media, the Classic Rock Crooner supports illegal MP3 downloads, but laments the quality.

"It doesn't affect me because I look at the Internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone... Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around," he says.

He goes onto attribute much of the change in the traditional music scene to Steve Jobs.

"Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous," Young Said. "But when he went home, he listened to vinyl."

The recent interview focused on Young's hunger for better quality audio online, pointing out the average online audio file contains about five percent of the audio from an original recording.

Young went on to state while he is on the side of record labels when it comes to piracy, there is no point in not making musical readily available. "If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it."


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