Neil Young wants a convenient digital device to play music — like an iPod — but with higher-quality sound than consumers hear now with digitally compressed files.

The rock legend — whose ‘Heart of Gold’,  ‘Old Man’ and many others are still top-sellers on iTunes — said he had discussed the idea with late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and that he and Jobs were working on the issue before he died.

Although Jobs was “a pioneer in digital music and his legacy is tremendous, when he went home he listened to vinyl,” Young said on Tuesday at a conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital blog. “You’ve got to believe if he lived, he would have done what I’m trying to do,” Young added.

Now that Jobs is dead, “not much” is going on in that area, and development will be up to “some rich guy” who sees the need for crisper music from a device that fits in your pocket, he said.

Consumers hear just a fraction of what musicians create in the studio but deserve 100 percent, he added.“People should not associate high resolution with inconvenience.”