In the great war that is Neil Young versus music streaming, a ceasefire appears to have been declared. CNET reports that Young’s entire catalog has mysteriously returned to both Spotify and Apple Music with no warning. Last year, Young yanked his work from both streaming services, like a true audiophile, because neither service met his sound-quality standards. However, he did note in that same announcement that “when the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.” True to his word, he did give Tidal — which offers a pricier tier for higher-quality audio — exclusive streaming rights for over a year. (It should be noted that he has his own fancy digital-music player Pono.) He even claimed earlier this year that his live album EARTH wouldn’t fit on iTunes and “breaks all their rules.” But it now appears that either Spotify and Apple Music have miraculously gotten more high-res or Young has simply lowered his expectations because he’s back on both and somehow managed to squeeze EARTH on iTunes, too. He’s even dropped a new song, “Peace Trail,” to seemingly celebrate. Keep on rockin’ as you were.
The war is over.