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Neil Young Raising $800K On Kickstarter for iPod Killer Music Player

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Neil Young’s Pono is upon us. The great rock star is raising $800K on Kickstarter for an October 2014 launch of his Pono Music Player and website. He’s already sold out a discounted $200 player. A $400 donation gets you the Pono music player in a limited edition with lasered autographs from Patti Smith; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Arcade Fire; Foo Fighters; Pearl Jam, Beck, Norah Jones, and others.

Young’s released a couple of videos today, which you’ll see here. He takes a bunch of different rockers for a ride in his vintage car. They all come out extolling the sound of Pono. I see it this way. It can’t be worse than what Apple offers now. There are no MP3 players available from anyone else. If Young is on to something here, bravo. The shape of the thing is weird, though. It looks like something from 1996. But this is all about sound.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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