Veteran musician Neil Young compares MacBook Pro to toys
Neil Young wants you to Feel the Music and stop recording on MacBook Pro’s.
He may be an Old Man, but that has in no way affected his hearing and devotion to good audio quality. Young, a veteran musician, recently did an interview with The Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel about all things audio, including throwing shade on Apple’s new MacBook Pro.
For the past decade, Young and tech executive Phil Baker have been on a mission to push the tech industry to make it easier for consumers to listen to high-quality audio.
They even created their own hi-res music player- Pono- aimed at fixing problems plaguing MP3 players, iPods and music software like iTunes, including compressed, lossy, and low-fidelity audio files.
Five years after the Pono was released Young still feels that the tech industry hasn’t advanced enough to deal with this pressing matter.
Young Baker released a new book, To Feel the Music: A Songwriter’s Mission To Save High-Quality Audio, detailing their quest to make high-res audio quality the industry standard.
MacBook Pro/Fisher-Price toy
When Patel asked about artists starting their creative process with the new MacBook Pro, Young scoffed.
“It’s a piece of crap, are you kidding?” Young exclaimed.
“That’s Fisher-Price quality. That’s like Captain Kangaroo, your new engineer. A MacBook Pro? What are you talking about? You can’t get anything out of that thing. The only way you can get it out is if you put it in. And if you put it in, you can’t get it out because the DAC is no good on the MacBook Pro.
So you have to use an external DAC and do a bunch of stuff to make up for the problems that the MacBook Pro has because they’re not aimed at quality. They’re aimed at consumerism.”
“It’s about museum quality. What happened when you opened your mouth and sang? What went into the air? That’s what we’re not getting with the new technology,” the musician laments.
Listen to the entire Neil Young Vergecast here.