There are some artists who choose to make their discs available exclusively on services like Apple Music or Tidal, forcing fans to put their money into companies they might not particularly care for.
Then there are those who share their music across all platforms, letting their fans make the choice themselves. And finally, there is Neil Young, who just decided to put more than 33 studio albums and multiple live discs online, absolutely free of charge.
After dropping new album The Visitor, recorded at Rick Rubin's Malibu studio, the Canadian artist has launched his own online archive tracing more than 50 years of music. As Young explained of the move:
"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."
What's more, the archive is set to include previously unreleased tracks that Neil Young "did not release at the time for one reason or another," as well as exclusive HD video content.
To make things easier, Young is bunching all his recordings together, meaning his solo works will appear alongside those created with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Buffalo Springfield. Far from a definitive selection, the archive will be updated over the years. As Young notes:
"The archive is designed to be a living document, constantly evolving and including every new recording and film as it is made. It is not yet complete as we are still adding a lot of detail to the older recordings."
After a well-documented battle with MP3, Neil Young is not doing things by halves: thanks to streaming platform Xstream, no tracks or videos on the service will suffer any quality loss.
He's even provided a video tutorial to get to grips with the massive back catalog of work. Check it out right here.