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Neil Young claims he was working on an audiophile iPod with Steve Jobs

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Not sure which is worse, that ponosucks website layout or the fact that some idiot decided to make a DAP in the shape of a triangular prism, and a bunch of other idiots along the way didn't stop it from happening. Someone should make one in the shape of a horse and call it Ponee

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I purchased a Pono player at the Kickstarter phase. The damn thing sounds really good, I guess the Hansen engineering had something to do, but other than the couple of Herbie Hancock albums this edition had loaded, I haven't been tempted to buy any of the Pono's music. Since it has a big capacity due to the support of microSD cards up to 128GB, I use it when away from home for a few days. Not using it on daily commutes, the shape is just nuts and very impractical. I wish they had made it in a regular flat prism shape.

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Really poor timing on old Neil's part. Ten minutes after he comes out with a stupidly shaped (if great sounding) DAP, phones start supporting USB DACs and there's Red Book streaming and even rectangular DAPs mostly become small paperweights. Oops

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Was just asking about Pono status the other day and correctly assumed that it was belly up. Oh wel, seemingly good intentions...

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6 hours ago, robm321 said:

Rectangle > triangle? Or is there more to it?

I doubt it.  Weren't they oblique about the resolution of their files?  Audiophiles like their numbers.

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Nothing about that product made sense.  Poor aesthetics on the player, smoke, mirrors and snake oil on the sound quality, and yet another file format that no one else adopted.

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oh, my bad, I guess it did, I remembered something different, but I guess by the time it became a product they'd given that up.

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Now that it's mentioned, I do remember some nonsensical claim(s) early on in an interview (I think) that got some people stirred up. 

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