Neil Young has been a recording artist for around 50 years. Like his work or not, the man knows the music business. In fact, unlike most ol’ school recording artists, he is totally fine with the idea of digital distribution of music. The problem? He says the quality just isn’t good enough. He spoke with Walt Mossberg at D: Dive Into Media.
MP3s dominate the business right now, and he says they just don’t have the sound quality that past distribution methods had. He contacted Apple, the company known for changing the music industry in a major way, and actually had a meeting (or meetings) with Steve Jobs. Sadly, not much ended up happening.
However, we did learn that Steve Jobs liked listening to his music on vinyl. As for creating a better compression format for digital music? Young says “you’ve got to believe that if he’d lived long enough, he would have done what I’m trying to do.”
He does acknowledge the fact that files would be much larger, but currently it doesn’t seem that any plans exist to make it happen, at least not on Apple’s side.
You can catch the full interview and video at All Things D.