Neil Young is known for his commitment to high quality audio. He famously delayed the CD release of one of his best albums, the harrowing On the Beach, due to concerns about the format. He was also one of the few musicians to issue his records on DVD-Audio, and is planning a Blu-ray release for his long awaited Archives project. Young is also a big vinyl fan.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that Young isn’t a fan of MP3. Speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech. Conference in California, Young lashed out at Apple for bringing audio standards to an all-time low. “Apple has taken a detour down the convenience highway,” he said. “Quality has taken a complete backseat - if it even gets in the car at all." However, a quick check in the iTunes store reveals that most of Neil Young’s back catalog is available for download, so he clearly isn’t immune to taking a few cents out of Steve Jobs’ pocket. [Uncut]