Neil Young’s high-fidelity version of the iPod—Pono—has been in the works for some time, and now it’s just about ready to launch. While PonoMusic.com won’t actually be functional until later this year, come March 15, Young fans and gadget nerds will be able to order the Pono player from Kickstarter.
For a mere $400, fans will get the fairly large, weirdly triangular music player, which will provide “studio master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible.” PonoMusic says it’ll give listeners the chance to “experience music the way artists intended,” which is to say on a triangle that comes in yellow, blue, or black. The 128GB gadget can store anywhere from 100 to 500 albums and includes both a touchscreen LCD and some actual buttons, for those whose fingers are either too big or too arthritic to manipulate its tiny screen. While it’s still unclear what the demand will be for a new music player—or whether Young fans actually care this much about audio fidelity—the Pono is DRM-free, so that’s kind of neat.
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