Neil Young wants to sell you a Hi-Fi iPod

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Legendary rocker Neil Young is no stranger to future technology and fiddling with the implications. His LincVolt car, a converted 1959 Lincoln running on electricity and a generator powered by anything combustible, was straight out of Back to the Future. The project inspired many songs for his latest album.

Now, Young has a new Kickstarter opening on the 15th that is offering a new type of MP3 player – one that plays music in high-fidelity (Hi-Fi). Pre-orders are said to be starting at $399 for the Hi-Fi iPod, as some are calling it.

The “studio master-quality digital music at the highest audio fidelity possible” isn’t just a gimmick from the 1970s with a 21st-century twist, though. The player is designed to work directly with the upcoming PonoMusic.com service, which will offer extremely high-quality audio versions of popular songs.

The Pono player will ship with 128 gb of storage space, which is enough to hold somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 albums of music in this hi-fi format. A memory card expansion allows more, of course. The units are controlled through an LCD touch-screen and three physical buttons.

According to a press release, published before the unit’s launch later this week, the Pono player has no DRM. It was delayed from a 2013 launch for unspecified reasons, but has endorsements from popular musicians like Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The press release was pre-published with permission on Computer Audiophile.

Expect to see a lot more of Neil Young in appearances on various media to promote the Kickstarter after its launch.

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