A few months ago, word leaked that Canadian rocker Neil Young hates mp3s. While not surprising or even out of character for the outspoken, established musician, the media ate it up anger and bold claim that Apple’s former king and digital music innovator Steve Jobs only listened to vinyl anyway.
Turns out, Young wasn’t just talking the talk. Rolling Stone reported that last June, Young filed six trademarks with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, all of which would offer a higher quality audio alternative to mp3 files. The six trademarks—Ivanhoe, 21st Century Record Player, Earth Storage, Storage Shed, Thanks for Listening and SQS (Studio Quality Sound)—were described as “Online and retail store services featuring music and artistic performances; high resolution music downloadable from the internet; high resolutions discs featuring music and video; audio and video recording storage and playback.” Additionally, the address listed on the form links back to Vapor Records in Santa Monica, Calif., Young’s record label.
Although the U.S. government could take up to a year to file Young’s paperwork, we should have at least one of his forthcoming projects in hand, first. Young’s reunion album with Crazyhorse, Americana, is set for a June 5 release. His memoir called Waging Heavy Peace is scheduled for a fall release.