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Article: Book Review - Neil Young's To Feel The Music: A Songwriter's Mission to Save High-Quality Audio

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Good write-up Chris!

Personally I believe that Neil is financially motivated and driven by greed.

If he isn't totally deaf from performing he'd be able to hear all the claims he made about hirez was complete BS.

He's been trying to find a way to make a buck off high rez and the audiophile community, and now it's this book.

Young and Stuart, two hucksters mad that they couldn't make big money from involvement in the others ventures.  LOL

Yea, vinyl is the top of the audio resolution quality tree,  NOT.   I'm not paying to read him make up tall tails


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“Earth will be changed forever when Amazon introduces high quality streaming to the masses,” said rock icon Neil Young. “This will be the biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”

https://press.aboutamazon.com/news-releases/news-release-details/amazon-music-introduces-highest-quality-audio-streaming-amazon


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1 minute ago, left channel said:

“Earth will be changed forever when Amazon introduces high quality streaming to the masses,” said rock icon Neil Young. “This will be the biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”

https://press.aboutamazon.com/news-releases/news-release-details/amazon-music-introduces-highest-quality-audio-streaming-amazon

 

 

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58 minutes ago, left channel said:

“Earth will be changed forever when Amazon introduces high quality streaming to the masses,” said rock icon Neil Young. “This will be the biggest thing to happen in music since the introduction of digital audio 40 years ago.”

https://press.aboutamazon.com/news-releases/news-release-details/amazon-music-introduces-highest-quality-audio-streaming-amazon

 

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1 minute ago, left channel said:

Thanks Chris. I have been following the Amazon threads, but figured this was a better place to drop the Neil quote.

Ah, got ya. Been trying to keep track of everything today but the flurry of Amazon stuff is crazy.

 

Thanks!


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I probably should have dropped a link to your Amazon article in there myself. (I've thought about sampling that new service today, but I don't want to interrupt the albums I've queued up via a Qobuz Panorama feature. Nice problem to have.)


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Great piece, Chris! 

 

I adore Neil, and I’m definitely going to read this book. It sounds like he gets a lot right, especially MQA, but the “vinyl = 100%” thing is silly (most discussions I’ve seen put vinyl’s equivalent bit depth and rate below CDs), and I kind of cringed at his over-the-top Amazon HD endorsement, when thus far it’s far below Qobuz in my estimation. 

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On 9/11/2019 at 6:49 AM, Patrick Cleasby said:

If you want to read a more cogent take on these topics Greg Milner - Perfecting Sound Forever is worth a look.

 

We don't get this here for another fortnight according to Amazon. Damn.

 

I agree. Even if I don’t agree with all of Milner’s takes when he talks about his own listening, the history stuff is great. 

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Chris the book, much like the product, answered a question nobody asked.  Pono was a product designed to solve a problem that most consumers could care less about and if they did they could find products already on the market that adequately scratched their itch.   The book will have an even smaller audience.   But my big takeaway from the read is that Neil is a genuinely nice guy, a quality I find in a lot of passionate artists.    We are all better for having Neil’s musical contributions.   His literary and hardware contributions, not so much.

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