The rocker is withdrawing his music from online streaming sites, insisting they all offer "the worst quality in the history of broadcasting".

Young's decision isn't that surprising considering he has spent the last two years developing his own high-fidelity audio service, called Pono.

Announcing his decision on his Facebook page, Young writes: "Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans. It's not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent.

"It's about sound quality. I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don't feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It's bad for my music.

"For me, it's about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that. When the quality is back, I'll give it another look. Never say never."

Taylor Swift pulled her catalogue from Spotify last year (14) as part of a protest over the royalties offered to artists.