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Neil Young On A Quest To Rescue Audio Quality

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

September 7, 2012

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Neil Young, musicianMusician Neil Young wants to rescue the art form that he has practiced for the past 50 years.

In a world where the perception that poor quality seems to go hand in hand with convenience, Young hopes to see a shift in how people think about this, specifically where digital audio quality is concerned.

Hear more via video as Neil Young discusses his perspective on the state of digital audio quality in today's VOX Daily.

Neil Young's Thoughts On Audio Quality

Neil Young has seen audio change over the decades, observing analog to digital and high quality digital audio to the modern day MP3 file. If you watched the interview (which lasts about 10 minutes), you get the impression that more can be done to improve upon the current state of digital audio, changes that could help shift the widely held perception that the most conveniently consumable content needs to be of a lower quality.

Do You Think It's Possible?

How would you improve the quality of digital audio? What could be done to restore some of the richness lost along digital audio's technological journey?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,


    I agree. Tho, frankly, you can have iTunes rip your songs as wav or aif files. But then you can't tell your friends (self) that you can only have 1000 songs on your iPod instead of 10000 songs. Big deal. I agree, however, that buying songs in Loss "less" codec is bunk.

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      Always glad to see pieces attempting to raise awareness about how our musical/audio heritage has been destroyed -- and is being destroyed -- in the modern digital era.


      @Victor Ingrassia --

      Not sure exactly what aspect of lossless codecs you are saying is "bunk"...

      If you are suggesting that buying lossless copies of material you already own on CD or other first-rate format is "bunk", I would agree with you there. They are selling you something you can create yourself, and have already paid for once!

      But if you are suggesting that lossless codecs don't give you ultimate-quality audio, you are wrong. The science and math behind them is sound. (Pun not intended :P)

      If the codec is programmed properly, the results should be identical (n.b. identical!) to wav/aiff. That's what "lossless" means: you don't lose anything. The file size is compressed by removing _data that is mathematically insignificant_. In contrast, "lossy" codecs achieve compression (i.e. smaller file size) by trying to remove _sonic_ material that -- supposedly -- your ears will not miss. (...but of course discriminating and experienced listeners know all too well how destructive the process can be.)

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      • Audiophile and Neil Young fan
      • October 13, 2012 6:29 PM

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