Neil Young says he's returning to Spotify, 2 years after exit over Joe Rogan’s podcast

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Neil Young is bringing his euphony backmost to Spotify because, he said, Apple and Amazon person “started serving nan aforesaid disinformation” successful podcasts that drove him to quit Spotify much than 2 years ago. And Young said he can’t boycott Apple Music and Amazon Music, because past his euphony would person “very small streaming outlet to euphony lovers astatine all.”

In January 2022, Young demanded that Spotify propulsion his tracks disconnected its service in protestation of nan company’s nonaccomplishment to curb Covid misinformation successful “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. He said Spotify “can person Rogan aliases Young. Not both.” Spotify removed Young’s songs connected Jan. 26. “Spotify has precocious go a very damaging unit via its nationalist misinformation and lies astir COVID,” Young wrote at nan time.

Now nan 78-year-old stone icon, who was inducted into nan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame successful 1995, is coming backmost to Spotify. But he said it’s because Apple and Amazon person besides go fonts of disinformation.

“Spotify, nan #1 streamer of debased res euphony successful nan world — Spotify, wherever you get little value than we made, will now beryllium location of my euphony again,” Young announced Tuesday successful a station connected his website.

Young continued: “My determination comes arsenic euphony services Apple and Amazon person started serving nan aforesaid disinformation podcast features I had opposed astatine SPOTIFY. I cannot conscionable time off Apple and Amazon, for illustration I did Spotify, because my euphony would person very small streaming outlet to euphony lovers astatine all, truthful I person returned to Spotify, successful sincere hopes that Spotify sound value will amended and group will beryllium capable to perceive and consciousness each nan euphony arsenic we made it. Qobuz and Tidal, wherever my euphony is presented, are each High res arsenic well.”

Young didn’t elaborate connected what podcast “disinformation” Apple and Amazon are allegedly carrying. But that whitethorn beryllium a reference to Rogan’s multiyear woody renewal pinch Spotify inked past month, nether which “The Joe Rogan Experience” will nary longer beryllium exclusively disposable connected Spotify. The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts and YouTube and will beryllium coming to Amazon Music, according to Spotify.

“I dream each you millions of Spotify users bask my songs!” Young wrote successful nan post. “They will now each beryllium location for you isolated from for nan afloat sound we created.”

He urged Spotify to present a high-quality audio tier, which nan audio streamer has antecedently promised — but has yet to deliver. “Hopefully Spotify will move to Hi Res arsenic nan reply and service each nan euphony to everyone,” Young wrote. “Spotify, you tin do it! Really beryllium #1 successful each ways. You person nan euphony and nan listeners!!!! Start pinch a constricted Hi res tier and build from there!”

Young, aft he exited Spotify successful 2022, had criticized nan value of its audio compression as delivering a “degraded and neutered sound… If you support Spotify, you are destroying an creation form.”