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Lucy Nicholson  /  Reuters file
Canadian singer songwriter Neil Young accepts his 2011 award for Best Rock Song for "Angry World" at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.
updated 1/31/2012 5:18:01 PM ET 2012-01-31T22:18:01

Legendary rocker Neil Young has taken his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference. He says a giant of technology was on his side: the late Steve Jobs.

Young says the Apple co-founder was such a fan of music that he didn't use his iPod and its digitally compressed files at home. Instead, Young says, Jobs listened to vinyl albums, which are well-known to have better sound.

Young told the "D: Dive Into Media" conference Tuesday that he spoke with Jobs about creating a format that has 20 times the fidelity of files in the most current digital formats, including MP3.

He speculated that if Jobs had lived longer, he might have tried to create a system that used this higher-quality format.

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