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DANA POINT, CALIF. (AP) - Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.
Such a format, he said, would contain 100 percent of the data of music as it is created in a studio, as opposed to 5 percent in compressed formats including Apple’s AAC. Each song would be huge, and a new storage and playback device might only hold 30 albums. Each song would take about 30 minutes to download, which is fine if you leave your device on overnight, he said.
“Sleep well. Wake up in the morning. Play some real music and listen to the joy of 100 percent of the sound of music,” he said.
Although Young didn’t have a practical plan for developing such a format _ saying it’s for “rich people” to decide _ he said Jobs was on board with the idea before he died from cancer at age 56 in October.
Mossberg said Jobs expressed surprise that “people traded quality, to the extent they had, for convenience or price.”
An Apple Inc. spokesman declined to comment.
Young, a 66-year-old singer and songwriter, was full of other surprising opinions, including his defense of recording labels such as his own Reprise Records, a unit of Warner Music Group Corp., as being a nurturer of artists, even as he said recording companies had botched the transition to digital music.
Young also said that “piracy is the new radio,” suggesting that illegally copying low-quality songs was an acceptable way for fans to sample music before buying higher-quality versions.
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