Though his recent statements are unlikely to shock the many young music fans who grew up downloading albums and songs illegally, many were surprised when Neil Young said he didn't really mind piracy.

"It doesn't affect me because I look at the internet as the new radio," Young said in January. "I look at the radio as gone ... Piracy is the new radio. That's how music gets around ... That's the radio. If you really want to hear it, let's make it available, let them hear it, let them hear the 95 percent of it."

Young also invoked Steve Jobs to illustrate his point, noting that while Jobs was pivotal in the digitization of music, the late Apple CEO would listen to vinyl at home.

Vigorous anti-piracy efforts in the United States and abroad continue to dominate tech headlines. The founder of Pirate Bay, one of the web's most popular torrent websites, was recently arrested in Cambodia and sent back to his native Sweden, where he's facing a one-year jail sentence.

It's worth noting that Young's new message is a slightly different tune than the one he was singing three years ago, when he blasted YouTube for not paying him and Warner Music Group for hosting their songs.

Young defended both record companies and pirates, while appearing to be most concerned with the quality of the music being delivered to consumers, arguing that CDs and digital downloads offered a dismal listening experience.

More Neil Young (on YouTube!) below.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated the timing of Young's comments, which were first reported in January.

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  • Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World

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  • Neil Young - Heart Of Gold

    Live from 1971. Neil digs around in his pockets trying to find the right harp and then plays a new song...Heart of Gold.

  • Neil Young - Needle and the Damage Done

    As featured on the Johnny Cash Show

  • Neil Young - Old Man

    February 23, 1971 www.amazon.com Watch the full show: thesixtiesarchive.blogspot.com "Old Man" is a song written and performed by Neil Young on his 1972 album Harvest. The song was written for the caretaker of the Northern California Broken Arrow Ranch, which Young purchased for $350000 in 1970. The song compares a young man's life to an old man's and shows that the young man has, to some extent, the same needs as the old one. James Taylor played six-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) and sang on the song, and Linda Ronstadt also contributed vocals. In the movie Heart of Gold, Young introduces the song as follows: "About that time when I wrote (Heart of Gold), and I was touring, I had also -- just, you know, being a rich hippie for the first time -- I had purchased a ranch, and I still live there today. And there was a couple living on it that were the caretakers, an old gentleman named Louis Avala and his wife Clara. And there was this old blue Jeep there, and Louis took me for a ride in this blue Jeep. He gets me up there on the top side of the place, and there's this lake up there that fed all the pastures, and he says, "Well, tell me, how does a young man like yourself have enough money to buy a place like this?" And I said, "Well, just lucky, Louie, just real lucky." And he said, "Well, that's the darndest thing I ever heard." And I wrote this song for him." —Neil Young He tells a similar story when introducing the song at a February 23, 1971 performance broadcast by <b>...</b>

  • Neil Young - Harvest Moon

    © 2012 WMG

  • Neil Young - Like A Hurricane

    Sexiest video ever. Dig this? Buy it on the American Stars & Bars DVD. ^^ The quality will be much better. ;)

  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Oh Susannah

    "Oh Susannah" - the first video from Neil Young & Crazy Horse's new album "Americana" - coming June 5th. Pre-order the album at neilyoung.com and get "Oh Susannah" at http

  • Neil Young Down By The River

    Neil Young Down By The River Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

  • Neil Young - Imagine

    Neil Young performs Imagine by John Lennon as tribute for 9/11 victims

  • "Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'" - Jimmy Fallon (YouTube Presents)

    © WMG 2012 Blow Your Pants Off - Available Now! Download: smarturl.it Jimmy Fallon performs "Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'" on YouTube Presents. www.blowyourpantsoff.com

  • Neil Young - Cortez The Killer

    from film"Rust Never Sleeps"

  • Neil Young-Only Love Can Break Your Heart

    neil young -only love is presented under fair use for educational purposes, all rights reserved by the original owners. THE USE OF ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IS USED UNDER THE GUIDELINES OF "FAIR USE" IN TITLE 17 & 107 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE. SUCH MATERIAL REMAINS THE COPYRIGHT OF THE ORIGINAL HOLDER AND IS USED HERE FOR THE PURPOSES OF EDUCATION, COMPARISON, AND CRITICISM ONLY. NO INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT IS INTENDED

  • Neil Young Journeys Official Trailer #1 (2012) Jonathan Demme Movie HD

    Subscribe to TRAILERS: bit.ly Subscribe to COMING SOON: bit.ly Neil Young Journeys Official Trailer #1 (2012) Jonathan Demme Movie HD This past May, Neil Young brought his solo tour to Toronto's Massey Hall, an iconic venue in the city of his birth. "Neil Young Journeys trailer" "Neil Young Journeys movie" "Neil Young Journeys HD" "Jonathan Demme" "Neil Young" HD 2012 movieclips movie clips movieclipstrailers movieclipscomingsoon

  • Neil Young - Needle And The Damage Done (Unplugged)

    © 2012 WMG

  • Neil young - Tell Me Why

    Tell me why from the album after the gold rush

  • Neil Young - Lotta Love

    Wonderful

  • Neil Young - Harvest Moon Video

    Studio version , Vh1 video, www.neilyoung.com Lyrics : Come a little bit closer Hear what I have to say Just like children sleepin' We could dream this night away. But there's a full moon risin' Let's go dancin' in the light We know where the music's playin' Let's go out and feel the night. Because I'm still in love with you I want to see you dance again Because I'm still in love with you [ Find more Lyrics on mp3lyrics.org ] On this harvest moon. When we were strangers I watched you from afar When we were lovers I loved you with all my heart. But now it's gettin' late And the moon is climbin' high I want to celebrate See it shinin' in your eye. Because I'm still in love with you I want to see you dance again Because I'm still in love with you On this harvest moon.

  • Neil Young - Angry World

    Watch the new video from Neil Young's new album "Le Noise" Get it at iTunes - wbr.fm Directed by Adam Vollick.

  • Neil Young - Hey Hey My My

    Neil Young - Hey Hey My My (Acoustic ) Rock N' Roll Is Here To Stay