Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Kia Makarechi reports that Neil Young isn't particularly concerned with the effects of piracy on artists but is more concerned that the files that are being shared are of such low quality. "It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio," says Young. "I look at the radio as gone. Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it." Young is primarily concerned about whether the MP3 files we're all listening to actually are pretty poor from an audio-quality standpoint. Young's main concern is that your average MP3 file only contains about five percent of the audio from an original recording and is pushing a new format called Pono that would be "high-resolution" digital tracks of the same quality as that produced during the studio recording. Young wants to see better music recording and high resolution recording, but we're not anywhere near that and hopes that "some rich guy" will solve the problem of creating and distributing "100 percent" of the sound in music. "Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, his legacy was tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.""
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