Neil Young Crowdfunding Alernative to the iPod. Think About That.

Nope, we promise we haven't formed a news story from a selection of random rock legends, and musical devices. Neil Young has launched his first 'Pono' music player - an alternative to the iPod - via crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

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Young posted a video featuring fans like Jack White, Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons, promising a high-fidelity alternative to Apple's music player and promising that it helps convey "the feeling, spirit, and emotion that the artists put in their original studio recordings".

Within hours Young had received more than $500,000 in pledges, with most essentially purchasing the first edition PonoPlayer - a prism shaped device that specializes in FLAC music files, which musos consider the standard format for high quality sound.

The standard 128GB PonoPlayer costs $300 though Young is also flogging a $400 "artist signature series" which includes laser-engraved signatures from the likes of Beck, Patti Smith and the Foo Fighters.

Watch Neil Young and Patti Smith at the Book Expo America:

"Pono is about the music, it's about the people who make the music, and the way it sounds to us when we're in the studio making it," Young explains in the Pono trailer. "It's about you hearing what we hear, and that hasn't happened in a long time."

As well as the devices, Young and his partners intend to sell digital music files through the PonoMusic.com store with files containing "about 30 times more [sound] data" than the average MP3.

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Pono claim to be "supported by all major labels" and are "working with independent labels across all genres." Pono Players are expected to begin production in late summer 2014.

Neil Young is preparing to embark on a European tour, including dates in London, Liverpool Copenhagen, Mainz and Vienna.


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Steven Bruce Singer

Hooray for Neil Young and Pono! Finally, a mainstream portable player for high quality music files. While the Pono store is nice, we musos (audiophiles) have been purchasing hi res files from many places such as HD Tracks, Linn and others for some time now. As for Apple, they have a lossless, proprietary file you can convert your CDs to but can't buy from their Apple store--absurd as that sounds. Also, the Subsonic music streamer will stream FLAC files and other lossless formats directly to your phone! Life is good.

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