Neil Young’s Massive New Online Archive Is Free — for Now

Keep on rockin' in the free world, indeed

December 4, 2017 9:00 am

Neil Young wants to you to keep on rockin’ in the free world, at least until June 30, 2018. 

That’s the date when Young’s new online archive, The Neil Young Archives, will begin charging a “modest cost” for access to nearly all of the Canadian rocker’s back catalog in high quality format as well as personal videos, photographs, original manuscripts and more.

The site, which was launched on the heels of Young’s 39th studio album The Visitor, was developed “to provide fans and music historians with unprecedented access to all of my music and to my entire archives in one location,” according to Young.

In addition to access costing zero dollars, what makes the NYA cool is that all the music meets Young’s audiophile-level standards. “Xstream Music master recordings are always pure uncompressed masters,” Young writes on the site. “They are not part of a format that compromises the quality. All compression formats compromise quality.”

In order to get the best listening experience, we suggest streaming the tunes on a computer as opposed to a mobile device. Check out the handy tutorial below. 

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