Neil Young is gone from Spotify. Buy his CDs instead.

Neil Young.
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It's not a great day to be a Neil Young fan with a Spotify account. His music has disappeared from the streaming service, gone because Young objected to sharing a platform with the anti-vaxxer musings of podcaster Joe Rogan. "They can have Rogan or Young," Young wrote in an open letter earlier this week. "Not both." Spotify went with Rogan.

Young has taken a laudable stance that also sucks for many of his fans. More than 60 percent of his streaming audience came from the service. But it's a great reminder of the value of physical media in the digital age: Listeners who own copies of Young's music on CD or vinyl can still listen to it today just as well as they did last week.

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