Neil Young is set to honor the artist’s intention and the soul of music by launching his hi-def PonoMusic player via Kickstarter. The campaign launched on March 11th and in less than 24 hours has already surpassed its $800,000 goal, raising over $1.6 million with nearly 5,000 backers, as of March 12th.
What is PonoMusic, you ask? Their website describes it as taking “all the musical goodness of artist-approved studio master recordings and put[ting] it at your fingertips.”
With resolutions from six to more than 30 times that of an mp3, depending on just how great the recording quality was on that original “high resolution” master, the player will deliver high definition audio straight to your ears.
As with any Kickstarter campaign, backers can get a variety of items for pledging including a signed Neil Young poster ($100+), a First Edition Black PonoPlayer ($200+), First Edition Yellow PonoPlayer (300+) and even a VIP Dinner & Listening Party with Neil Young ($5000+).
Fans who pledge $400 or more will get an Artist Signature Series Chrome PonoPlayer with their choice of a laser engraved signature of Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, My Morning Jacket, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Beck, Crosby Stills & Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Neil Young. Each Artist Signature Series player comes pre-loaded with the artist’s top two favorite albums, handmade leather case and presentation box.
Several of the Artist Signature Series players are already gone along with the VIP Dinner & Listening Party with Young.
Estimated delivery for the PonoPlayer is set for October 2014.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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