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Neil Young: Piracy Is The New Radio

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Neil Young refuses to cast web piracy as the biggest problem facing the music industry, instead, compares it to the promotional potential of radio

Music legend Neil Young has weighed in on the piracy debate, by comparing web piracy to radio.

Speaking at the D: Dive into Media conference, Young was more concerned about pirated files being of too low quality, than the actual effect it has on revenue.

"It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around. [...] That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it," Young told the audience at D: Dive into Media.

The music industry has had a love and hate affair with radio since it first came to prominence in the 1920's, when the music industry blamed it for its revenue woes. It has since become one of the greatest promotional tools for the music industry, and Young believes the Internet, even via piracy, can offer the same benefits.

What concerns Young more though is that digital music isn't allowing listeners to get "100 percent" of the sound in music, and he hopes technology can catch up to allow music lovers to be able hear all of the audio from his original recordings.


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