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Neil Young Slams Vinyl Sales As ‘Nothing but a Fashion Statement’

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Flannel-clad Neil Young might come off as a throwback figure at times, but that doesn’t translate into a passion for vinyl. In fact, Young recently slammed the resurgence in old-fashioned album sales.

At issue for Young, who recently launched his own digital music player called Pono, is the lack of fidelity with these new vinyl releases — especially in relation to his own audio project. Pono, which he calls a “high-resolution digital player,” is capable of storing up to 2,000 hi-res tracks.

“A lot of people that buy vinyl today don’t realize that they’re listening to CD masters on vinyl, and that’s because the record companies have figured out that people want vinyl,” Young told the Frame radio show. “And they’re only making CD masters in digital, so all the new products that come out on vinyl are actually CDs on vinyl, which is really nothing but a fashion statement.”

Whichever format you prefer, Young has certainly been giving fans plenty to digest. He released not one but two new studio efforts in 2014. First came March’s ‘A Letter Home,’ a low-tech project recorded at Jack White‘s Nashville studio and record store. The follow-up ‘Storytone,’ issued in November, found Young working in an orchestral format. And he’s reportedly already at work on another album.

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