UPDATE 3/11 11 a.m.: The PONO Kickstarter page has gone up. Pledge rewards
include autographed merch, PONO players and more.
Neil Young has
focused on solo shows thus far in 2014 and it appears it will stay that way until he meets up with Crazy Horse this summer. Young has just announced a pair of shows
for April 17 & 18 at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX.
The shows are billed as "An Evening With Neil Young," so we imagine these performances
will be similar to January's solo acoustic shows. Tickets go on sale to the general public
March 14 at 10 a.m. CT.
In other Neil news, Young has announced his PONO Music Service via the following press
March 10, 2014 - (Burbank, CA.) - PonoMusic is a revolutionary movement conceived and
founded by Neil Young. Our mission is to bring the highest-quality digital music to
discerning, passionate consumers, who wish to experience music the way the artists
intended, with emotion, detail and power intact. "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," said Neil Young, founder
and chairman of PonoMusic.
PonoMusic encompasses both an online music store (PonoMusic.com) and a playback device
(The PonoPlayer). The PonoPlayer is a digital-music experience unlike any other, offering
the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent
independent labels, curated and archived for discriminating PonoMusic customers. The
PonoMusic desktop media management application allows customers to download, manage and
sync their music to their PonoPlayer and other high-resolution digital music devices.
"Our goal was to offer the highest quality digital music available from all the major
labels with the world's greatest sounding, user-friendly portable music player. We've
achieved our goal and we are excited to launch our Kickstarter campaign next week to
invite music lovers everywhere to join the PonoMusic community and reserve a PonoPlayer
for their own enjoyment," said John Hamm, CEO of PonoMusic.
The PonoPlayer is a purpose-built, portable, high-resolution digital-music player designed
and engineered in a "no-compromise" fashion to allow consumers to experience studio
master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible, bringing the true
emotion and detail of the music, the way the artist recorded it, to life. It also features
a convenient, easy-to-use LCD touch screen interface that is totally intuitive. The audio
technology in the PonoPlayer was developed in conjunction with the engineering team at
Ayre, in Boulder Colorado, a leader in world class audio technology.
PonoMusic and Ayre have collaborated their ideas to achieve their goal -- to make the
power and majesty of music available to everybody. "We are absolutely thrilled to be a
part of this project. We will always be grateful to Neil Young for changing the landscape
of recorded music," said Charlie Hansen, CEO of Ayre Acoustics (www.ayre.com).
The PonoPlayer has 128GB of memory and can store 1000 to 2000 high-resolution digital-
music albums. Memory cards can be used to store and play different playlists and
additional collections of music. The PonoPlayer will be sold at PonoMusic.com for $399
MSRP and is available for pre-order at a discounted price on Kickstarter.com as of March
15th. PonoMusic recommended earbud and headphone products will also be available for
purchase on PonoMusic.com.