Neil Young to release high-res music player Pono in 2013

The iconic rocker Neil Young is working on a high-resolution music player called Pono, which is expected to be released next year.

The iconic rocker Neil Young is working on a high-resolution music player called Pono, which is expected to be released next year.

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In September, Young was a guest on the David Letterman Show and presented a prototype of the Pono player, a triangular yellow tube that holds high-resolution audio files. The device will play back all existing digital formats. Pono means "righteous" in Hawaiian.

Even though the device has been speculated for close to a year, according to Tom's Hardware, rumour has it that Young is working on building a music library and store for 192 kHz/24-bit recordings. On average, a five-minute song would take up around 300MB of storage space. The projected release date for the Pono player is sometime in 2013.

The singer-songwriter is no stranger to the digital music industry, having met with Steve Jobs to discuss plans on high-resolution audio digital downloads. In the past, he has also taken YouTube to task for not fairly compensating artists represented by Warner Music.

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