Neil Young made headlines last week when he appeared at the Wall Street Journal’s "D: Dive Into Media" conference and voiced his disapproval of the way music is being heard these days. "We live in a digital age," Young said, "and unfortunately it's degrading our music, not improving it."
Young is deeply dissatisfied with the sound quality of compressed MP3 digital files, which he said carry only five percent of the data from the original vinyl or master recordings. "It's not that digital is bad or inferior," he told the Journal's Walt Mossberg and Peter Kafka. "It's that the way it's being used is not sufficient to transfer the depth of the art."
The full 32-minute interview is now available online, and can be seen above. Throughout the discussion, Young's commitment to his cause is clear. "My goal," he said, "is to try and rescue the art form that I've been practicing for the past 50 years."