Neil Young says 16-inch MacBook Pro is 'a piece of crap' with 'Fisher-Price quality' audio
"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."
What you need to know
- Musician Neil Young has given an interview to The Vergecast.
- Discussing the MacBook Pro, he described it as a "piece of crap" with "Fisher-Price" quality" audio.
- He also said that Steve Jobs told him "We're making products for consumers, not quality."
Musician Neil Young has described the 16-Inch MacBook Pro as "a piece of crap" with "Fisher-Price" quality audio in an interview with The Vergecast.
From The Verge, Young sat down with editor-in-chief Nilay Patel to discuss making music on the go, specifically how artists were sacrificing audio fidelity for the sake of convenience.
Young said he had no problem with teenagers writing hits in their bedrooms, but that the problem was when people start trying to record on a MacBook straight to MP3.
Patel said to Young: "Right. But I'm saying... I'm looking at the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Apple gave me a review unit. They said, "Look at all of the artists who use this thing with GarageBand to start." But you're saying that shouldn't be where the recording starts?"
To this Young replied:
Young went on to say that Steve Jobs "told me that exact thing", namely, "We're making products for consumers, not quality". That doesn't sound very Steve Jobs to me, but he continued:
Harsh words from Young, who had plenty to say about the decline of music in general when it comes to recording, describing today's music as "poorly sampled" and reconstituted". Ironically, one of the best features of the new MacBook Pro is its excellent audio quality, at least in terms of output.
When it comes to actual recording though, it of course takes more than a MacBook to create the highest quality audio. But "a piece of crap"? Surely that's a bit harsh...
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