It's not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.
It's about sound quality. I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don't feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It's bad for my music.
For me, It's about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that.
When the quality is back, I'll give it another look. Never say never.
Many responses to the post were critical of the decision -- "I don't recall [Neil Young] ever having an issue with putting his music on cassette tape" -- saying they used streaming for its convenience, not its audio fidelity. Many were supportive of Young's decision however, supporting the artist in standing up for what he believes.
Young may be the first artist, and definitely the most high-profile, to pull their catalog over audio quality concerns. A common refrain from artists since Spotify brought streaming mainstream in the U.S. in 2011 has been that the royalties paid by the services are insufficient. That disagreement led Taylor Swift to pull her catalog from Spotify last year.