Neil Young wants his fans to keep rocking out into the free world, but into Amazon Music, not Spotify.
On Friday, Young announced a special deal with Amazon Music, giving new subscribers four free months of the streamer. The 76-year-old music icon’s decision comes four days after he asked Spotify to remove his tracks from his service to protest Spotify’s failure to tackle COVID misinformation in “The Joe” podcast. Rogan Experience”.
On Friday, the Neil Young Archives site directed fans to Amazon Music to take advantage of the service’s Premium Unlimited tier offer (at this link for US visitors). Normally, Amazon Music Unlimited (usually $7.99/month) is free for 30 days for new customers.
“Amazon has been leading the pack in bringing Hi-Res Audio to the masses, and it’s a great place to enjoy my entire catalog in the highest quality available,” the Neil Young Archives account posted on Friday. on Twitter. The tweet added: “Thank you also to Apple Music (I LOVE APPLE) and Qobuz for sticking with my High Res music.”
Young does not receive compensation from Amazon for promoting the special offer.
Amazon Music Unlimited offers access to 75 million songs, ad-free. The e-commerce giant was the first of the big three music services to introduce HD music support, more than two years ago. That was before Apple Music HD launched last June. Spotify has indefinitely delayed the rollout of HiFi, its own high-quality audio tier, originally slated to debut in select markets in November.
Earlier on Friday, Young blasted Spotify for its decision to choose Rogan over keeping its music catalog on its platform, and also blasted Spotify for “crappy” audio quality.
“Private companies have the right to choose what they profit from, just as I can choose not to have my music support a platform that spreads harmful information,” Young wrote in a blog post. “I am happy and proud to stand in solidarity with frontline healthcare workers who risk their lives every day to help others. »
He continued, “If you support Spotify, you’re destroying an art form. Business on art. Spotify plays artists’ music at 5% quality and charges you like it’s the real thing.