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Neil Young highlights the importance of high-quality audio in online music archive release

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The venerable rock ’n’ roller Neil Young has delivered on his promise of a high-fidelity audio service with the launch of a new platform, XStream, and to mark the occasion he’s launched an archive of all of his music.

Aptly-titled the Neil Young Archives, Young’s complete music collection is all the music he’s produced to date — both released and unreleased material. All of the artist’s works are now available for free — until June 2018 — in the high-fidelity format.

“We developed [the archive] to provide fans and historians with unprecedented access to all of my music and my entire archive in one convenient location,” writes Young.

A big push for the integrity of all listening experiences, Young’s music service is a dramatic improvement in easy-listening with the service’s full-resolution. XStream provides the highest quality listening to a network condition in its adaptive nature. The service is simply an adaptive streaming service that changes with a listener’s available network bandwidth.

“Full resolution is attained with no compression, unlike any other streaming service to date,” Young explained in an open letter about the archives. Full resolution is attained when your bandwidth is high enough to play back all the quality of each individual recording. This is as good as it gets.”

Young’s new service comes after a wave of the audiophile’s investments. He first introduced the PonoPlayer in 2014 on Kickstarter, which was launched in store later the following year.  Much like the new streaming service, Pono catered to audiophiles who were seeking out high-quality files at lower costs.

In 2016, Young was prompted to close his Pono venture after a change of hands and investments, but in a streaming giant age that beckons for convenient, high-quality audio, audiophiles will soon see if XStream can fill the void.

Visit the archives here.

Photo Credit: @Neil Young/Facebook

H/T: Engadget

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