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Musicians should feel free to use MacBooks to make music, no matter what Neil Young thinks


In a recent interview with The Verge, legendary musician Neil Young came out against the MacBook Pro, calling the new 16-inch model "a piece of crap" and "Fisher-Price" quality. That's definitely a take, but it left me wondering, has Neil Young ever heard any other laptop speakers? 

I mean, as a general rule of thumb, laptop speakers aren't regarded by anyone as being the pinnacle of sound quality. In this interview, however, Neil Young uses this as a reason why folks shouldn't be creating music on a MacBook Pro, that the loss in fidelity is a "problem." It's the same energy that he presented when he said he was "saving music" with the Pono player way back in 2012.

When Young goes as far to say that Steve Jobs didn't care about quality, but rather just consumerism, that's a pretty tame take overall. I don't have an issue with that, and even agree. However, when that take is behind an incredibly elitist approach to both the consumption and creation of music, there's a lot to unpack. 

I love the Dell XPS 13, I do, but wow the speakers aren't great.

I love the Dell XPS 13, I do, but wow the speakers aren't great. (Image credit: Future)

Laptop speakers are bad, actually


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