|The Pono player|
The idea behind the Pono player is, "a new system that was not a format, had no rules, respected the art, respected what the artist was trying to do and did everything that it could to give you what the artist gave." This player could handle any format of the music, whether it was MP3, 192K, or anywhere in between. There are plenty of barriers, with the player being relatively late to the game as far as music players go, and with streaming as popular as it is today. However, unlike many of the current players, which can play up to about the CD level, the Pono player can play without the digital feedback and filter that some formats include. The idea is that the player can play music just as the artist records it, rather than having to compress the audio file in order to play it.
|Neil Young at SXSW speaking about Pono (courtesy of Bob Boilen/NPR)|
For more information:
The NPR stories where I found out about this can be found here or here.
The website and more information about Pono can be found here.