Music lovers soon will finally be able to enjoy PonoMusic, the high-quality digital audio service that Neil Young helped develop. On Monday, some official details were revealed about the service, which will work in conjunction with a portable device called the PonoPlayer to offer what the company claims is "the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels."
In a statement, Young, who's the PonoMusic founder and chairman, says, "It's about the music, real music. 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."
Users will be able to purchase and manage high-resolution music files using the PonoMusic desktop application. The PonoPlayer will be sold for a suggested list price of $399 at PonoMusic.com, but can be pre-ordered for a special discounted price starting this Saturday, March 15, at KickStarter.com. The PonoPlayer comes with 128 gigabytes of memory, which will allow the listener to store between 1,000 and 2,000 albums. In addition, memory cards can be purchased that will let users store and play additional high-resolution music files.
Recommended headphones and earbuds for use with the PonoPlayer also will be available at PonoMusic.com.
As previously reported, Young will be at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday to take part in an interview event at which he will discuss the launch of PonoMusic. The Q&A session will be held at the Austin Convention Center at 5 p.m. local time.
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