Neil Young calls for better sound quality in digital music; says Steve Jobs preferred vinyl

“You know what the biggest problem with music today is?” John Paczkowski asks for AllThingsD. “Sound quality.”
“That’s Neil Young’s take on the issue, anyway. For years, the musician has been obsessed with improving the way modern music sounds, sonically speaking,” Paczkowski reports. “In an interview with Walt Mossberg and Peter Kafka at our D: Dive Into Media conference, Young, the perennial music purist, said that while modern music formats like MP3 are convenient, they sound lousy.”

Paczkowski reports, “So what’s the solution? New hardware capable of playing audio files that preserve more of the data present in original recordings, said Young. Ah. But who’s going to produce that? Said Young, ‘Some rich guy.’”

“And evidently there once was some rich guy working on just such a device,” Paczkowski reports. “The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. ‘Steve Jobs as a pioneer of digital music, and his legacy is tremendous,’ Young said. ‘But when he went home, he listened to vinyl. And you’ve got to believe that if he’d lived long enough, he would have done what I’m trying to do.’”


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