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Neil Young Launching HiFi PonoMusic Via Kickstarter

Neil Young Launching PonoMusic Via Kickstarter News Pitchfork


On Tuesday, Neil Young is set to unveil his long-gestating high-quality digital music playerPono at SXSW. But before he introduces it to the public, details have been announced. The device, called PonoPlayer, will reportedly cost $399 and come with 128GB of memory. They'll start taking discounted pre-orders on March 15 via Kickstarter.

The press release (via Computer Audiophile) notes that the PonoPlayer, developed in collaboration with Ayre Acoustics, can store "about 100-500 high-resolution digital-music albums, depending on the resolution and length of the original recording." For those of you who speak audiophile, it's reportedly made with zero-feedback circuitry and a digital filter that stops "unnatural pre-ringing". Memory cards will be available for storing and playing additional collections of music. 

PonoMusic is the device's accompanying desktop-based "media management" system, which allows customers to download and sync music to player. They'll reportedly offer "the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels". 

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