Sunday, May 26, 2024

Neil Young’s Kickstarter for iPod Killer Raises 221% of Goal in One Day


I guess people really want a replacement for the muddied sound on their iPods, etc. Neil Young’s Kickstarter plan for his Pono music player has raised $1,775,593 in one day. Young was only trying to raise $800K. Pono, he promises, will offer a dynamic sound for digital music that will blow away iTunes, iPods, and any MP3 device. He immediately sold out a discounted $200 player.

Also sold out are $400 players autographed by Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Young himself, and Pearl Jam. He also sold 35 $5000 slots for a VIP dinner and listening party. Pono is odd looking. But it’s at least a fresh idea in audio.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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