Neil Young

PonoMusic Now Online In Canada

Canadians can now purchase high quality music from the Pono store and the PonoPlayer from Amazon.ca in either black or yellow. And don’t forget to check the Black Friday deals at Amazon.ca.

Neil Young Quits Streaming

Neil Young has posted a statement on Facebook stating that “Streaming has ended for me”.

Apparently the sound quality of the current streaming services has caused him to pull his music from these services.

In another Facebook message he claimed “AM radio kicked streaming’s ass. Analog Cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming’s ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming.” But he still has hope in regards to streaming, claiming that he would return if the quality of the sound were improved.

I personally think streaming is o.k but I still prefer listening to my own library of high quality recordings, that i’ve ripped from compact discs at a higher bit rate and stored on a local drive.

Pono Music Premieres

Neil Young’s Pono Player can now be pre-ordered from the official site at $399. A discount using a coupon code, CES2015, can be used and the device will be shipped in February 2015. Click here for details.

Pono Music – A Week Later

It’s been a week and the response to Neil Young’s Pono Kickstarter project has been incredible.

They have now surpassed US$4 Million when their original goal was US$800,000. And many of their first Pono players have already sold out.

The official Pono Music site has been updated with a special video from Neil Young along with additional information on the player and music service.

By the way, a second VIP Dinner and Listening Party with Neil Young has been added to the project. This event will again happen in New York.

PONO No Go?

In September 2012 Neil Young had introduced a prototype of his new PONO audio player during an interview on Late Night With David Letterman. And as an audiophile I have been awaiting updates on this new technology since.

This higher resolution audio technology promises to bring 24 bit or 32 bit recordings to consumers when most have only been exposed to the 16 bit recordings of CD or lower when it comes to mp3s. But some question whether it will sell because of the lack of sales in SACD and DVD Audio titles.

Personally I would love to have the depth of vinyl on a digital format. But even I would probably buy only a select amount of albums in this new format so I don’t know if it would get beyond niche market status. And though the PONO is portable I would probably only use it at home with higher end, noise cancelling headphones because I can’t stand headphones than sound like tin cans and strip the bass out of music or ear buds that don’t stay in and allow so much noise in that you need to raise the volume.

An interesting article on the possible pros and cons of this technology can be found at Evolver.Fm. But the article also concedes that little is known about the specific selling points of PONO other than it promises to bring high resolution recordings to consumers. The technology is still being worked on according to mypono.com and though most of the major labels have shown interest in PONO nobody knows if it will rely on a cloud service or not.

If this technology is deemed viable it will probably take some time to get it up and working so all we can do is speculate.

Neil Young’s New Music Service

Neil Young discussed the new Pono music service and device on David Letterman last night.

This service, which is scheduled to launch next year, will offer higher quality recordings and high resolution conversions from analogue recordings.

The Pono device will also play the current music formats and though Warner Music Group is the only label to have signed onto the project at this time, many other labels have shown some interest.

Neil Young’s memoirs, entitled “Waging Heavy Peace”, is available from Amazon.ca and Indigo. And Neil Young & Crazy Horse are currently on tour in Canada.