Neil Young claims that the renewed interest in vinyl is “really nothing but a fashion statement.”

In the UK last year, vinyl sales exceeded 1m for the first time since 1997, while the format saw a 49% year-on-year sales rise in the US, with almost 8m sales.

Neil Young insists that there is no audio reason to buy vinyl. “A lot of people that buy vinyl today don’t realise that they’re listening to CD masters on vinyl and that’s because the record companies have figured out that people want vinyl,” Young declared in an interview with southern California radio show the Frame (via Exclaim).

“And they’re only making CD masters in digital, so all the new products that come out on vinyl are actually CDs on vinyl, which is really nothing but a fashion statement.”

Young’s interview was to promote his own digital music player, Pono. “I’m saying that it’s a high-resolution digital player," he told the radio show. “It doesn’t create an analog sound; it creates the best digital sound. It’s capable of creating the best sounds that people can create in the digital realm in the recording studios.”