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Neil Young's Pono music store has more than 600K songs 'ingested,' downloads are another matter

Zach Miners | Oct. 20, 2014
Neil Young says he is making progress toward filling his online Pono store with millions of high-fidelity music files. He's mum, though, on exactly when people can actually start downloading and listening.

The session I sat in on kicked off with, not surprisingly, Neil Young's "Heart of Gold." The music sounded great, but it might have been due as much to the high-grade speakers, if not more so, than to the Pono player itself.

Some skeptics have questioned whether the human ear can really tell the difference in Pono's FLAC files.

The Salesforce Community Cloud, a platform for letting businesses interact with customers on the Web, powers the Pono site for interactions between users and the PonoMusic company.

Involving more of the music community is a big focus of Young's efforts with Pono going forward. "It's a step-by-step process," he said.


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