Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Neil Young Kickstarter Campaign at $4.9 Mil, with 19 Days Left


Neil Young must have a heart of gold! The Kickstarter campaign for his Pono music player has raised $4.9 million– and still has 19 days left.

Pono, according to Young, will revolutionize digital music because the sound will be eons better than iTunes or any of the other available compressed music systems.

The Pono Kickstarter campaign offers plenty of different incentives to early investors. Inadvertently it’s also become something of a popularity contest. Young has different batches of Limited Edition players– 500 in each collection assigned to different artists. But some of the artists have done better than others in fetching $300 or $400 for the players.

For example, all 500 of the personalized Crosby Stills & Nash players are sold out. So are the editions from Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, and Young himself. They’re all gone.

But there are plenty from other artists. Only 1 person has bought a Kenny Rogers Pono player. Just 30 have purchased players signed by Tegan & Sara. And there are still over 100 (at least) available personalized by Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Metallica, Lenny Kravitz, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, and others. They can still be picked up, as they say, for a song, until April 15th when the Kickstarter campaign closes.


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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