I enjoy when Jimmy Fallon does his Neil Young impression. Last night on The Tonight Show Jimmy and Neil performed on a rotating tree stump in the middle of a dark, swampy forest, with animals looking on with them.
The purpose of the song was to promote Neil Young’s newest album, Earth. I have my copy on pre-order at Pono Music. I will be downloading and listening to the Pono edition 192.0kHz/24bit on Friday June 24th. It is perfectly suited for my Neil Young Limited Edition Pono player 😉
One of the benefits of participating in the PONO Music Gentle Revolution is the PonoPromise. It is a very important commitment to us who purchase on PonoMusic.Com and as stakeholders.
From: Neil Young, CEO PonoMusic
To: The Pono Community
Subject:Free Album Resolution Upgrades
Because we love and appreciate our Pono community of music lovers so much, all music purchased at PonoMusic.com will now be upgraded for FREE when a label offers a higher resolution upgrade of the same recording.
That is the PonoPromise!
People have had to deal with changing and eroding quality formats over the years, starting with vinyl, then eight tracks, cassettes, CDs, MP3s and now streaming services. Music lovers have been forced to buy or “rent” their music over and over and over again. We here at Pono, think that sucks…. But with Pono, those days are over.
Now, when you buy your favorite music at PonoMusic.com, the PonoPromise means you will never have to purchase it again, ever! If and when a higher resolution album you have already purchased becomes available, it is yours for FREE!
The PonoPromise is in keeping with the Pono mission; making the best sound and the highest resolution available, always. To hear your favorite music the way it is intended to be heard, use the industry leading PonoPlayer, available at Amazon and other retailers. We are offering the PonoPromise to you, our community. You have supported us through purchasing your PonoPlayers and high resolution music at the only hi-res music ecosystem in existence – PonoMusic.com. You are engaged in the Pono community and you are helping us to raise the bar. So through the PonoPromise we say thank you.
Thank you for supporting the Pono mission to preserve music quality in its highest form.
People who are seriously considering purchasing a Pono Music Player should read John Atkinson’s article, “Pono Pono Player” from the Stereophile magazine April 2015 issue.
What you will appreciate is the depth of Atkinson’s testing analysis and subsequent findings. He shares with the reader what he learned as a result of listening intently. I especially liked his interpretation of Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway To Heaven“. He has compelled me to buy Led Zeppelin IV Deluxe Edition.
Being a Pono Music Player enthusiast I am always interested in learning more about the dynamics of my device. I applaud John Atkinson’s well structured and balanced report.
If I may just quote two lines of his review:
Considered on it’s own merits, the Pono Player is a well-engineered, high-performance, portable player that is equally at home in a conventional high-end audio system, and is offered at a fair, affordable price. In combination with the Pono Music World app, it offers a plug’n’play gateway to high-quality music reproduction.
I heard for the first time today my Neil Young Limited Edition Pono Music Player. It is the warmest, richest sound I have ever heard. When I listened through my headphones to Neil’s Storytone Deluxe Edition Pono tracks I swear to God it sounded like Neil Young was playing his acoustic guitar right next to where I was seated. High resolution audio is an amazing experience, it truly is. The Gentle Revolution is underway and I consider myself fortunate to be participating in the next phase of music listening. I want to thank the Pono Music team and Neil Young for bringing us “early adopters” a great soul-ution
Pono translates from Hawaiian to mean righteous, and the intent is to honor recorded music and get it into the hands of fans without compromising the sound.
I am proud to be involved as a PonoMusic player early adopter. In quick fashion (7+ days) the PonoMusic player has reached the first project milestone of 10,000 units sold. Now to some people that amount is construed as minor in the Internet of Things which will encompass a trillion connected devices and appliances by 2040.
Quite the contrary, Pono is a major achievement in music industry circles. I see a direct correlation between how Microsoft has cultivated a trusted set of 10,000 beta testers to test their products and how the initial Pono community of 10,000 quality music lovers are will feel, share and give feedback.
I now have an active participant role as an early adopter of Pono. I am in the vanguard of perpetual change helping to influence how music will be embraced and felt in the soul of the new machine.
Let Neil Young the inventor of Pono explain why he wants you to truly hear music.
We are liberated from the entrapment of lossy MP3. Bye bye 5% of the sound, hello 100% high-resolution audio direct from the artists master recording to the expressway of your soul. When it comes to Pono Music we are truly Rockin In The Free World!
I want to thank Neil Young for his pursuant vision in bringing PonoMusic to market. I’ve never been more excited as a music technologist to participate in an audio experience that allows my soul to rediscover how music was designed to be heard.