Neil Young to release high-res music player Pono in 2013

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The iconic rocker Neil Young is working on a high-resolution music player called Pono, which is expected to be released next year.

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In September, Young was a guest on the David Letterman Show and presented a prototype of the Pono player, a triangular yellow tube that holds high-resolution audio files. The device will play back all existing digital formats. Pono means "righteous" in Hawaiian.

Even though the device has been speculated for close to a year, according to Tom's Hardware, rumour has it that Young is working on building a music library and store for 192 kHz/24-bit recordings. On average, a five-minute song would take up around 300MB of storage space. The projected release date for the Pono player is sometime in 2013.

The singer-songwriter is no stranger to the digital music industry, having met with Steve Jobs to discuss plans on high-resolution audio digital downloads. In the past, he has also taken YouTube to task for not fairly compensating artists represented by Warner Music.

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BarrettAbney posted a comment   
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Read this rolling stone article about the new format. Comparing this new format to the Compact Disk format is a joke. This new standard is taking music back to the great quality we had in the 70's and 80's before the MP3 format gutted audio.


ScottZ posted a comment   

Consider playing the high def files from the Cloud, rather than storage on the device itself.


GeneDieken posted a comment   

300mb for five minutes? That's not a compression standard! A Compact Disc holds a miximum of 800mb for 80 minutes' run time. So a sizable music collection ain't gonna be contained in that sleek yellow consumer object! FLAC seems more realistic.


BarrettAbney posted a reply   
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You have failed miserably to realize the difference between compressed lossy and the lossless high resolution file format Neil is attempting to pioneer. The average music player has 8-64Gb of storage. That equates to between 26-213 music files in a very high quality format. Something the new younger generation may not be able to comprehend since they have grown up on trash quality MP3s for an entire generation now.

The MP3 format is a very dated format whose sole purpose was to shrink files onto small memory devices. Memory has grown and Neil thinks the files sizes could grow now as well. He is right.

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