Neil Young Hates the iPod
The aging rocker says that Apple has contributed to the dumbing down of music.
Neil Young
Neil Young recently announced plans to put his achives on Blu-ray—with extra content available from the web.
July 24, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

Instead of pushing everyone to go green, rocker Neil Young has another cause to promote: good music quality.

Young is into the green thing. After all, he does have his own 1959 Lincoln electric hybrid. However, at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference, Young went off, stating that music quality has been brought down to the level of a “Fisher-Price toy.” Perhaps that toy was the iPod? He didn’t hold back about his feelings towards the portable, as well as iTunes, blaming all for decreasing the quality of today’s audio.

“Apple has taken a detour down the convenience highway,” Young told the Brainstorm audience after taking the stage for an interview with Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey. “Quality has taken a complete backseat—if it even gets in the car at all.”

Young recently announced that he will release all of his archives on Blu-ray discs later this year. He is hoping other musicians will soon follow suit.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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