Monday, March 10, 2014

Neil Young to launch PonoMusic service this week

Neil Young will launch his PonoMusic service this week.

Founded by Young, PonoMusic’s mission is to bring the highest-quality digital music to discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists intended.

"It's about the music, real music,” said the rocker. “We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market."

PonoMusic encompasses both an online music store ( and a playback device (The PonoPlayer). The PonoPlayer offers the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels, curated and archived for discriminating PonoMusic customers. The PonoMusic desktop media management application allows customers to download, manage and sync their music to their PonoPlayer and other high-resolution digital music devices.

Young debuted the PonoPlayer on The Late Show with David Letterman in September of 2012 – read about it here.

"Our goal was to offer the highest quality digital music available from all the major labels with the world's greatest sounding, user-friendly portable music player,” explains PonoMusic CEO John Hamm. “We've achieved our goal and we are excited to launch our Kickstarter campaign next week to invite music lovers everywhere to join the PonoMusic community and reserve a PonoPlayer for their own enjoyment."

The PonoPlayer is a purpose-built, portable, high-resolution digital-music player designed and engineered in a "no-compromise" fashion to allow consumers to experience studio master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible. It also features a convenient, easy-to-use LCD touch screen interface that is totally intuitive. The audio technology in the PonoPlayer was developed in conjunction with the engineering team at Ayre, in Boulder Colorado, a leader in world class audio technology.

The PonoPlayer has 128GB of memory and can store 1000 to 2000 high-resolution digital-music albums. Memory cards can be used to store and play different playlists and additional collections of music. The PonoPlayer will be sold at for $399 MSRP and is available for pre-order at a discounted price on as of March 15th. PonoMusic recommended earbud and headphone products will also be available for purchase on

See also:

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