Neil Young has backtracked on his dislike of streaming music services by putting his entire music catalogue on Tidal.

Last summer, the rocker pulled his music from online streaming sites, insisting they all offered “the worst quality in the history of broadcasting”.

At the time, he said, “Streaming has ended for me… It’s not because of the money… It’s about 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. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music.

“For me, it’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that. When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.”

His decision wasn’t that surprising at the time, considering he had spent two years developing his own audio service, Pono. The combined digital music download service and portable player focuses on delivering high-quality master files.

However, less than a year after taking a stand against streaming services, he has made his entire 57-album archive available on Jay Z’s Tidal.

The service offers multiple subscription services, including a high-fidelity streaming option, which gives users better sound quality than a standard subscription.


Young follows the strategy of artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West and late icon Prince, who have all exclusively released music on Tidal.

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