Neil Young's PonoMusic Kickstarter

hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,119
edited May 2014 in Going Digital
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1003614822/ponomusic-where-your-soul-rediscovers-music

At $332,000 of $800,000 goal....and I think that $332,000 has all or mostly been pledged today.

The Neil Young artist signature series has been selling quickly.
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,119
    edited March 2014
    Already up over $363,000.

    Don't know if the product in the second video is real or not....but it looks like albums are listed for $17.96 each and single songs will be $1.99.
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    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ W1070; Elite Screens 120"
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    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH, Parks Audio Budgie; CD - Marantz DV4001
    Preamp - Dared SL2000a, Luminous Audio Axiom II; Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,119
    edited March 2014
    Up to almost $750,000.

    Gonna reach the Kickstart goal in one day.

    Seems like this slow moving project is finally starting to get somewhere.

    Will be interesting to see what happens with this product.
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    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ W1070; Elite Screens 120"
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    Turntable - 1) Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold; 2) Sony PS LX410/Grado Green
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH, Parks Audio Budgie; CD - Marantz DV4001
    Preamp - Dared SL2000a, Luminous Audio Axiom II; Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 10,297
    edited March 2014
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,119
    edited March 2014
    Goal reached.
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    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ W1070; Elite Screens 120"
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    Turntable - 1) Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold; 2) Sony PS LX410/Grado Green
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH, Parks Audio Budgie; CD - Marantz DV4001
    Preamp - Dared SL2000a, Luminous Audio Axiom II; Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • coolsaxcoolsax Posts: 1,737
    edited March 2014
    if this takes off successfully enough though Apple may finally see there is a market for lossless music and start offering it on Itunes. If that happens, Pono probably won't have much of a product life, b/c of the saturation of apple in the market. It's a great idea though and hopefully it will work like it should.
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  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,717
    edited March 2014
    As much as I like the idea of it, I just don't see this taking off. The player isn't really a pocket friendly shape and the service is going to be limited and people aren't going to buy the sale content again in yet another version. There may be enough of a niche market for this to survive but I'll be shocked if we're still talking about this device in a couple years.

    My guess is one of two things happens: this will have a few early adopters but never really take off or people will flock to it and Apple will just do lossless audio thru iTunes and effectively kill the device that way.
  • AsSiMiLaTeDAsSiMiLaTeD Posts: 11,717
    edited March 2014
    Ok so after watching the video all I can say is that I really hope I'm wrong. It's hard to watch that video and NOT get excited about it, I'm jumping in and hope it really takes off...
  • 4xoddic4xoddic Posts: 372
    edited March 2014
    Yes, turns out Emmylou is an attractive spokesperson. I last saw her @ The Kansas State Fair ~ 1988 (which is the only performer that's EVER attracted me to the KSF grandstand). Neil ~1971 in OKC. Opening act was The Stone Poneys, with some gal named Linda Ronstadt.

    Pono -> Long May You Run!
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,119
    edited March 2014
    I think this is starting off with some good traction, but if/once it loses momentum, I think it will have a very hard time surviving.

    It is an artist supported campaign, which is a good thing right now, especially with some big names, but if it struggles, I don't think many artists are going to tie too much of themselves up in it.
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    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ W1070; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - 1) Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold; 2) Sony PS LX410/Grado Green
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH, Parks Audio Budgie; CD - Marantz DV4001
    Preamp - Dared SL2000a, Luminous Audio Axiom II; Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • Dennis GardnerDennis Gardner Posts: 4,796
    edited March 2014
    The boat got missed in this being a music only device...........PonoPhone would be awesome with full cellular network support. As is, I would be surprised if it doesn't get eaten by Apple pretty quickly.

    In the end, as long and more hi-rez music is made, I'm happy regardless of where I have to buy it.
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,119
    edited March 2014
    In the end, as long and more hi-rez music is made, I'm happy regardless of where I have to buy it.

    I agree.
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    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ W1070; Elite Screens 120"
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    Man Cave
    Turntable - 1) Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold; 2) Sony PS LX410/Grado Green
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH, Parks Audio Budgie; CD - Marantz DV4001
    Preamp - Dared SL2000a, Luminous Audio Axiom II; Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • amb426amb1amb426amb1 Posts: 149
    edited April 2014
    wow do I understand this kickstarter is at a pledge level of 5.9 million $ of only 800K needed... never did buy a ipod, might just have to throw 300 bucks at this player with all the money I saved not updating apple products every year
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,806
    edited April 2014
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  • ChristoChristo Posts: 30
    edited May 2014
    Not much on the device but I like the idea of the Pono music store.
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