"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others"

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The grumpiest man in rock'n roll, Neil Young, have announced that his music will be available on Spotify again. He withdraw his music catalogue from Spotify after an anti-vaccinationism dispute, read more here (opens in a new window). The reason is hard to follow: "My decision comes as music services Apple and Amazon have started serving the same disinformation podcast features I had opposed at Spotify". The consequent thing to do, and which would align with his previous action, would be to withdraw his music from Apple and Amazon. The reason for not doing so is even harder to follow: "I cannot just leave Apple and Amazon, like I did Spotify, because my music would have very little outlet to music lovers at all...". Well, Neil Young's concern about the access to his music has always been overshadowed by his hate of inferior sound quality. In a long and futile crusade, he has been talking trash about cds and advocating other formats, developed the Pono player, read more here (opens in a new window) and held six of his early albums as "hostage", read more here (opens in a new window). So, what is this nonsense all about? The dog barks, money talks. Neil Young previously said that Spotify accounted for 60 percent of his streaming revenues, prior to his departure. He bowed down for Spotify and chose money over principles. It's just pathetic and embarrasing. It's not like he need the money from streaming. Neil Young has a net worth of $200 million. People who have painted themselves into a corner often try to change the subject. "I have returned to Spotify, in sincere hopes that Spotify sound quality will improve and people will be able to hear and feel all the music as we made it...Spotify, you can do it!" Not so grumpy, anymore. Almost cheerful and naive on the verge of going over into stupidity. Neil Young has taken hypocrisy to a whole new level. Consistency is an absolute necessity when it comes to principles and values. Groucho Marx formulated it very apt: "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others".  

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