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Neil Young Leaves Music Streaming Services Over Sound Quality

07/15/2015 06:07 EDT | Updated 07/15/2015 06:59 EDT

Neil Young has had it with music streaming services.

But unlike Taylor Swift's issues with Apple Music, it has less to do with money than audio quality.

Young, the Canadian artist behind classic songs such as "Long May You Run" and "Rockin' in the Free World," said in a Facebook post that he's parting with streaming services because their sound quality is the "worst ... 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."

Young later sent another message on Facebook, saying, "AM radio kicked streaming's ass. Analog cassettes and 8-tracks also kicked streaming's ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming."

It's not clear precisely which streaming services Young has pulled his music from. Rolling Stone did not receive requested clarification from Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music.

But as The Verge pointed out, Young is also a driving force behind Pono, a downloading service and music player that touts its sound quality as a selling point.

The player, which was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, contains files that come at a higher quality than both Tidal and Spotify, Rolling Stone reported.

"You have helped to set the stage for a revolution in music listening," Young said in a note to backers on the Pono site.

"Finally, quality enters the listening space so that we can all hear and feel what the artists created, the way they heard and felt it."

Young hasn't necessarily abandoned streaming forever.

He said in his second Facebook message that he would come back if services improved their sound quality.

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