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AGAINST THE STREAM

How Neil Young’s failed anti-streaming business helped the music industry

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  • Patrick Flanary
By Patrick Flanary

Journalist

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Toward the end of music legend Neil Young’s recent memoir, he makes an admission: “I was wrong.”

The book, To Feel the Music: A songwriter’s mission to save high-quality audio, is something of a postmortem on the musician’s high-resolution download service which folded in 2017.

PonoMusic, Young’s short-lived company (it lasted five years) was something of an anti-iTunes, offering uncompressed, studio-quality downloads and a trademarked player that “sounded like God,” (although some reviewers disputed this assessment).

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