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posted by girlwhowaspluggedout on Thursday March 13 2014, @03:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the digital-revolution-blues dept.

Marneus68 writes:

"Pono, the Neil Young-endorsed Kickstarter project, is drawing more and more pledges. Now past the $2 million mark (with an expected goal of $800K), this project aims to create a audiophile friendly FLAC player along with its ecosystem (and by that they mean their own music store and syncing application).

The device itself features 2 audio outputs, one 'specially designed for headphones' and the other 'specifically designed for listening on your home audio system'. The player is controlled by an LCD touchscreen, and its triangular 'Toblerone' shape makes it easy to hold it upright with one hand or to lay it flat on surfaces. The player, which has 64GB of internal memory, comes together with a 64GB microSD card.

The board and its components, as well as a 'pre-prototype' model, are pictured in the project's Kickstarter page.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Marneus68 on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:02PM

    by Marneus68 (3572) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:02PM (#15934) Homepage

    From the kickstarter page :

    Can I play digital music files I already own on my PonoPlayer?

    Yes, you can and it will probably sound better on the PonoPlayer than you've ever heard it.

    The PonoPlayer is designed to play PonoMusic with stunning clarity. However, the player can play almost any kind of music track including FLAC, ALAC, mp3, WAV, AIFF, AAC (unprotected).

    What this really means is the PonoPlayer can play all your digital music, and all of it will sound great.

    I was very suspicious about that too.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by cockroach on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:39PM

    by cockroach (2266) on Thursday March 13 2014, @04:39PM (#15961)

    While this is interesting, it still doesn't seem to answer the question of whether a proprietary application will be required to put files on the player.

    Also pff, saying "all your digital music" and not mentioning Ogg Vorbis. :)

    • (Score: 2) by stderr on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:30PM

      by stderr (11) on Thursday March 13 2014, @05:30PM (#15997) Journal

      Also pff, saying "all your digital music" and not mentioning Ogg Vorbis. :)

      And what about all my 8SVX and MOD files?!

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