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Pono's mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite digital music.

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We thank the community for their love and confidence in making us the 3rd most funded project in Kickstarter history.

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Thank You from Neil Young.

Pono means righteous. It is a Hawaiian word, the one, the pureness. On behalf of Pono, we thank you for helping us give music a voice. You have helped to set the stage for a revolution in music listening. Finally, quality enters the listening space so that we can all hear and feel what the artists created, the way they heard and felt it.

This is done when the artist makes the best available, wanting to share it with you. It happens when the artist lets you hear and feel more than what is on your CD or MP3 of any song. CDs and MP3s are derived from the original masters, and now, with the PonoPlayer, you can finally feel the master in all its glory, in its native resolution, CD quality or higher, the way the artist made it, exactly. That’s the beauty of Pono.

It’s been a long time coming. It was not easy getting this far, but you made it happen by supporting Pono’s vision for better listening. We have been working with the labels, with the artists and producers, and we will continue to do that. We go to the source to find the best and bring it to you. Pono wants to preserve the history of music, in all of its beauty and expression, for all time. Forever.

There is a way to do this right, and we are going to do it. We will be sharing how we will do this with you over the next few months, while we build your first ever PonoPlayers. We are going to do some revolutionary things. We will make music available in a way that has never been done, a way that allows for constantly attaining the best listening experience.

Thank you to the artists, the recording companies, big and small, and most of all, thanks to you music lovers for making this happen with your amazing support.

Thanks for listening,

Neil Young 

& the PonoMusic Team

A message to Artists: 

First, we say “thanks” to all of you artists who have been here with Pono since the beginning. We are deeply grateful for your encouragement and support. 

When you and your recording team go into a studio or recording environment to create your latest music, there are many choices for you to make. Besides the studios, songs, players, singers, producers, engineers, microphones, and other equipment, you have the ability to choose from the numerous digital resolutions at your disposal to capture your sound. This is where Pono can make a giant difference.

Now, whatever resolution you choose to employ for your recording process, your masters can be heard by your listeners exactly as you created them. You no longer have to be satisfied with MP3 or CD being what your fans hear. Pono plays back anything you can create, just as you made it, in the digital domain.

Even if you record in analog, when you mix your songs and record them to an analog 2 track, you can copy that to the digital resolution you choose (preferably the highest) and have your listeners hear that exact recording. 

If you are an artist who has been recording for years and this has been your life and always will be, your original creations in analog can be transferred to the highest quality digital and heard anew with Pono. No longer do your original recordings have to be the compressed sound of CDs and MP3s. It’s all up to you. It is in your power to rescue your art and bring it into the 21st Century, preserved for generations to hear and enjoy. You can talk to your producer or record company and learn how to make that available to your listeners on Pono. 

If you are a new artist, always released on MP3s and CDs, then your horizon has just been radically expanded. You can now record in whatever resolution you choose and your fans will hear the same quality you heard in the studio. You no longer have to lose part of your sound when it goes to the people. You probably know what I mean, having heard your creation when you mixed it, feeling that rush, only to be let down by the end product, the product your audience has had to accept. You probably know it was better when you first heard it than what they got. That is over. You are no longer limited by a format. Now your audience can hear what you hear. 

Go back to your digital masters and see what they sounded like compared to what was released. Now, if you want to, they can all be released in their original glory. If you elect to, you can make the higher-resolution sources of your CDs and MP3s available to your listeners on Pono. It doesn’t matter what resolution you originally employed; if it is higher than what was released, and you can hear the difference, your fans can hear it. They deserve the best and Pono delivers it for you. Pono plays anything back just as you made it. 

In the studio, with your brand new creations, high resolution is a great option. Resolutions are all different in their depths and textures. These can be used, and mixed together. A hook can be recorded in a higher resolution than the track it sits on, further setting it apart in your creation. So can a vocal. Resolution is a new tool for you to use. As long as you mix in the highest resolution found in your creation, or higher, everything will be captured. Especially, real echo and acoustic instruments, like drums, benefit from higher resolutions. Don’t take anyone’s word for this. Listen for yourself. Make your own decision. It’s an artistic right you have.

Doing this does not mean you cannot still make CDs and MP3s. They can be derived from your original masters. 

Your choices matter now more than ever before because your fans will hear the difference. Thousands of documented Pono listens have proven that music lovers can tell the difference between what they had before with CDs and MP3s and what they can have now with Pono. Look at the videos on ponomusic.com and see the reactions. Those are your people. They feel more from the music with Pono. 

High quality digital is wonderful to hear and sense. It is the sound of the 21st Century. Almost no one has heard it outside the studio. As artists, with Ponomusic, we have renewed opportunities for expression that have long been lost. 

The Ponomusic player can bring new light to all of your creations through Ponomusic. 

Record companies, this is an opportunity to rescue the art of recorded sound. Why should a Frank Sinatra recording or an Adele recording or a Nirvana, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Who, or classical recording be limited to the CD format for the future? This music is world cultural history. All of this cultural history should be preserved for enjoyment of the people in its highest possible form forever. In the 21st Century, people, and art, deserve this technology. Bring it on. Now, as never before, it is possible. 

Our listeners should hear what we heard. 

Thanks for listening, 

Neil Young 

What is PonoMusic? 

"Pono" is Hawaiian for righteous. What righteous means to our founder Neil Young is honoring the artist’s intention, and the soul of music. That’s why he’s been on a quest, for a few years now, to revive the magic that has been squeezed out of digital music. In the process of making music more convenient – easier to download, and more portable – we have sacrificed the emotional impact that only higher quality music can deliver. However, the world has changed in the last 10 years – technology has solved some of the underlying problems that forced that tradeoff. You no longer have to choose between quality and convenience when listening to music – you can have both. This is the fundamental idea behind PonoMusic. 

First Edition PonoPlayers: Black & Yellow
First Edition PonoPlayers: Black & Yellow

Pono's mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite music. We want to be very clear that PonoMusic is not a new audio file format or standard. PonoMusic is an end-to-end ecosystem for music lovers to get access to and enjoy their favorite music exactly as the artist created it, at the recording resolution they chose in the studio. We offer PonoMusic customers the highest resolution digital music available. PonoMusic is more than just a high-resolution music store and player; it is a grassroots movement to keep the heart of music beating. PonoMusic aims to preserve the feeling, spirit, and emotion that the artists put in their original studio recordings. 

We are pursuing this vision by building a system for the entire music listening experience – from the original master recordings to the PonoMusic.com Store to the portable PonoPlayer. So now you’ll hear the nuances, the soft touches, and the ends on the echo – the texture and the emotion of the music the artist worked so hard to create.  

Please see FAQ at the bottom of this page for answers to the most commonly asked questions.  

Kind Words from the Press & Our Backers:

The Washington Post: "The Pono Kickstarter was funded because people wanted the Pono Player."

Maureen Jackson, Kickstarter backer: “Preserving the history of music. I like that!” 

Forbes: “Pono Music’s Kickstarter campaign is actually brilliant.”

Mark Sterling, Kickstarter backer: “How long was that? 8 hours? People want this.” 

Slate: "They met that goal in under a day.”

Dennis Lane, Kickstarter backer: “Pono, where music becomes real again.”

Techcrunch: "Call it a Toblerone bar. Call it a relic of the past. But you also have to call it successful."

Stephen, Kickstarter backer: “For me, Pono isn't about fixing music. It's about returning artistic integrity to the process.”

Scott Martin, Kickstarter backer: “It’s a revolution Neil when people care and come together. It’s special and rare.” 

SHOCKPROOF, Kickstarter backer: “The Next Generation in Digital Music! It's a REVOLUTION!” 

Mashable: "The team argues that the Kickstarter campaign is validation that there is a market for high-quality music beyond just a handful of audiophiles."

Kyle French, Kickstarter backer: “Here's to continued success in furthering the music experience.” 

SPIN: "Neil Young's PonoMusic is all about the quality." 

The Hollywood Reporter: “[The team has] been heavily involved with their Kickstarter audience, fielding questions, comments and concerns in order to share the full experience with their supporters.”

Carlos, Kickstarter backer: “We here you and feel you the way you are intending... Make that Picasso...We are in the front row and we are watching.” 

Forbes: “[Neil Young’s] raising money for Pono ... at a rate of about $700 per minute via Kickstarter.” 

DMN: "$6 Million Says People Care About Sound Quality."

Ute Conzendorf, Kickstarter backer: “As you see many many people believed in your wonderful idea. It turned to reality.” 

Mark A Smith, Kickstarter backer: “Music is such a part of the positive legacy of humankind. Never Stop Creating!”

Why should you support our Kickstarter? 

PonoMusic is about a lot of things, but first and foremost it’s about the connection between the artists and their fans – the music, and the people who can’t live without it. We see Kickstarter as a way to strengthen those bonds by letting musicians and music fans get behind the thing that matters most to all of us – the music itself.    

Our Kickstarter is about bringing creators and consumers together.  It is about the formation of a community that values the experience of listening to music the way the artists made it, at the highest quality they can obtain.  

We also wanted to allow music fans to connect with their favorite artists in a special way through the campaign - we are offering limited edition Signature Series PonoPlayers from artists such as:

Elton John, ZZ Top, Portugal the Man, Grateful Dead, Kings of Leon, The Eagles, Kenny Rogers, Neil Young With Crazy Horse, Tegan and Sara, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Metallica, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire, Beck, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Buffalo Springfield, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, and James Taylor. 

The Artist Limited Edition PonoPlayers have a non-metal casing with a chrome finish. They will have laser-engraved artist signatures, including all band members in the case of groups. They ship to you pre-loaded with the artist's two favorite high resolution albums from their own body of work. We will be introducing additional Artist Limited Edition Series PonoPlayers throughout the campaign as more artists step forward - so keep watching our pledge levels & rewards on the right to see new artists as they become available.

Artist Signature Series: Neil Young
Artist Signature Series: Neil Young
Artist Signature Series: Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty
Artist Signature Series: Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty
Artist Signature Series: Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, Neil Young)
Artist Signature Series: Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, Neil Young)
The Grateful Dead's emblem will be printed on their player
The Grateful Dead's emblem will be printed on their player

More about the PonoPlayer... 

The PonoPlayer is a purpose-built device, designed by world-renowned audio engineers, to do one thing and one thing exceedingly well - let you hear high quality PonoMusic as close to its original recorded resolution as possible, and therefore, the original musical experience.  

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Your PonoPlayer works in much the same way as most other portable music devices. The PonoMusic App (for Mac or Windows PC) provides you access to the PonoMusic.com Store, where you can browse, search, purchase and download high-resolution music to your computer.  You then simply connect your PonoPlayer micro USB cable to your computer's USB port in order to sync your favorite music and playlists. Then you can enjoy your music on your PonoPlayer at the same quality level as the original recording.  The touchscreen LCD allows for easy “swipe” navigation between songs, albums, artists, genres, and playlists. It also allows you to change the settings in the player to suit your personal taste. 

The PonoPlayer has two output jacks. The first is a normal mini-stereo output specially designed for headphones and is meant for personal listening. The second is a stereo mini-plug analog output specifically designed for listening on your home audio system, in your car, or with your Sonos Connect – so you can share the PonoMusic experience with your friends and family. 

The PonoPlayer ships with a total of 128GB. 64GB of memory is built into the player and another 64GB of memory on a removable microSD card. The expansion slot can accept microSD cards of up to 64GB or SDXC microSD cards of 128GB or higher. Unlike many other portable music players, the microSD cards are designed to be easily swappable. For example, you can build a library of various playlists or genres on different cards and simply swap them in and out, much like you'd swap game cards on a portable gaming console. So in reality you have infinite capacity on the PonoPlayer.

How many songs can it hold? That depends on the quality of your music files:

  • CD lossless quality recordings (44.1 kHz/16 bit): About 5000 tracks. 
  • High-resolution recordings (48 kHz/24 bit): About 3200 tracks. 
  • Higher-resolution recordings (96 kHz/24 bit): About 1600 tracks. 
  • Ultra-high resolution recordings (192 kHz/24 bit): About 800 tracks.

This is a LOT of high-resolution music, and we say, “the more the better”. You’ll get hooked on how good this music sounds.

What do we consider to be high quality digital music?

    Generally speaking, mp3 files have a bit rate of 192kbps or 256kbps.   These are highly compressed files and are much smaller in size than higher resolution music files.  The good news is that you can keep a lot of mp3 files in a small amount of storage on a portable player or mobile device.  The bad news is that they’ve lost a lot of the musical information that often reveals the most pleasant and satisfying aspects of the music. It is mostly that sense of realism, dynamic range, and detail that higher resolution recordings typically capture in a way that restores the emotion in the song.

    On the “low end” of higher resolution music (CD lossless, 44.1kHz/16 bit), PonoMusic files have about 6 times more musical information than a typical mp3.  With ultra-high resolution recordings (192kHz/24 bit), the difference between a PonoMusic digital file and an mp3 is about 30 times more data from which your player reconstructs the “song”.   

    The PonoMusic.com Store uses FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio format as its standard, for compatibility, although the PonoPlayer can play most popular high-res music formats from other sources. PonoMusic has a quality spectrum, ranging from really good to really great, depending on the quality of the available master recordings:        
  • CD lossless quality recordings: 1411 kbps (44.1 kHz/16 bit) FLAC files
  • High-resolution recordings: 2304 kbps (48 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files 
  • Higher-resolution recordings: 4608 kbps (96 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files
  • Ultra-high resolution recordings: 9216 kbps (192 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files     

        The Evolution of the PonoPlayer Design... 

        Over the three years of PonoPlayer development, we considered many different designs and concepts. One of the early ideas was to make an accessory for a smartphone that contained storage for the music tracks along with advanced audio electronics. The phone’s display would be used to navigate and play the songs, but with the songs would be stored in the accessory’s memory. A Bluetooth connection would communicate between the phone and the accessory to select and play the desired song. This design was dismissed, for now, because it was very complicated to use and required two devices to play music.    
      We talked a lot about making the player thin, to snap onto the back of a phone so it could be carried as one unit. But that meant you’d need a different player design for each phone model, and we found that it was not possible to put some of the large audio components – required for the best performance – into a thin package.  This led us to design the accessory in the shape of a triangular “Toblerone” shaped chocolate bar.  It allowed us to use larger audio components and to separate them far enough apart to prevent electrical interference between the various subsystems. It also allowed us to use a large cylindrical battery that’s much more efficient than a flat battery.

        It then became obvious that if we added a touch display, we could make the player completely self-contained.  It wouldn’t need to be tied to your phone and there would be no interruptions from an incoming call while you were enjoying your music. It would be the best playback device ever for listening to high quality digital music. We realized that music this good deserved a truly purpose built, dedicated device to enjoy it. There was no “Swiss Army knife” good enough for the music we wanted you to hear.    
        This triangular shape also has additional benefits: it can be held upright for one-hand operation or it can sit flat on your desktop or home stereo system. The display automatically rotates depending on the orientation of the device. But the best thing about this shape is that we were able to include the best sounding audio components with absolutely no compromises. The PonoPlayer will certainly be recognizable on your desk as the unique product it is – the world’s best sounding portable digital music player.

        Check out more rewards...

        PonoMusic Founders Club: Kickstarter-exclusive T-Shirt & Sticker. T-shirts come in yellow, white, or black.
        PonoMusic Founders Club: Kickstarter-exclusive T-Shirt & Sticker. T-shirts come in yellow, white, or black.
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        Signed Carnegie Hall Poster

        Meet the team:

        PonoMusic was founded by Neil Young in 2011 to create a movement to revive the soul of music, and to recreate the vinyl experience in the digital realm.  Neil has assembled a fantastic team who are extremely passionate about music:

        The core PonoMusic team:

        • Neil Young:  The vision, force, energy, and voice of PonoMusic
        • John Hamm:  CEO and team leader – building the team and business
        • Elliot Roberts: Our Artist Relations executive. 
        • Pedram Abrari:  The PonoMusic.com consumer experience leader – software and technology
        • Phil Baker:  The PonoPlayer development leader – hardware and manufacturing

         Our extended team (with our thanks and gratitude):

        • Attractor Ventures:  Gigi Brisson and Harvey Allison
        • Buchalter Nemer (Legal support):  Rick Cohen
        • Semiphore Systems (Hardware, firmware, and electronics): Dave Gallatin, Dave Paulsen
        • MX (Player app):  Ole Lütjens, Joe Rice, and the MX team
        • Ayre Acoustics (PonoPlayer audio technology):  Charles Hansen
        • Mike Nuttall Design (Industrial design):  Mike Nuttall
        • AudioQuest (Computer audio technology support): Joe Harley and Steve Silberman
        • PCH International (Manufacturing partner): Liam Casey and the team
        • Lime Lab (Manufacturing & mechanical engineering): Andre Yousefi, Simon Gatrall, and Phil Stob
        • Upstream (Graphic design, audio & video): William Mitchell, Ben Johnson, Toshi Onuki, Kris Kunz, Mark Faulkner, and Hannah Johnson
        • Hanft Projects (Marketing content & messaging): Adam Hanft and Lucas Hanft
        • Pentagram (Website design & Kickstarter campaign)
        • Hollywood Pixels (Photography & graphic design):  Franz Krachtus
        • Vann Alexandra Daly (Kickstarter producer)

Risks and challenges

PonoPlayer Production

The PonoPlayer will be built by PCH International (Cork, Ireland and San Francisco), with its production facilities in Shenzhen, China. PCH International understands every step from design to direct fulfillment, and supplies products to many of the world's leading consumer electronic companies. 

The PonoMusic and PCH teams began collaborating at the design stage almost two years ago at a meeting with Neil Young and Liam Casey, the CEO and founder of PCH International. As the design progressed, we worked closely with the PCH team to ensure the product was designed for high quality, high volume production. The PCH team includes engineers, toolmakers, a project manager, procurement specialist, packaging designer, and production specialists. 

To date we have completed our tooling for first samples of the final enclosure, which have been used in building 50 units for testing, including listening tests by artists and audio experts. For these units we designed and built the circuit boards and did final assembly in Silicon Valley. 

Our next step is to do one more revision of our electronics board, implementing some specific additional audio technology from Ayre Acoustics. We plan to build 50 additional units for more testing. Once we are fully satisfied with our final design we will be moving from our current engineering build environment in California to a pre-production facility at PCH International in Shenzhen. We will then work with PCH to build out the final assembly line, install the test equipment, and do two more builds before beginning production. 

After several generations of prototypes and successive improvements, the latest generation players have undergone extensive testing for over six months. We now need to complete the final iteration of the design, conduct extensive testing of the player, develop and test our online PonoMusic.com Store, and move into production.

PonoMusic.com Store

We are currently engaged with one of the world's best Content Delivery Networks to build out the backend of our PonoMusic.com Store. Furthermore, we are working with a fantastic desktop media center vendor to build out the PonoMusic App for Mac and Windows PC. This media management application will act as the hub of your Pono ecosystem. It will allow you to:

• Browse, sample, purchase, and download music from the PonoMusic.com Store
• Manage and organize your entire music library including building playlists
• Load your favorite music on to your PonoPlayer for enjoyment at home or on the go

We are also working diligently on our main website, PonoMusic.com, where music lovers will be able to explore the PonoMusic universe, provide us feedback, collaborate with each other, and be part of PonoMusic as a movement for the highest quality digital recordings. We are very excited about the community of music lovers that will form and grow on our site.

We will begin to populate our music library with a great collection of high-resolution music. This is an on-going, never-ending process that we are eager to begin and will be delighted to continue every day at PonoMusic.com.

We believe that the risks described above are manageable, assuming a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Rewards & Fulfillment

We plan to fulfill the product rewards directly from PCH International to our donors using 3-day delivery. We plan to start production in late Summer and deliver the rewards to our supporters in October, 2014. We will be keeping our supporters informed on our progress through the various phases of our development and production process. Delays, should they occur, typically will likely be due to supply chain lead times of some special audio components or any unexpected challenges in the ramping up of production. However, we have great confidence in the substantial experience of PCH. They are real pros. As they say, “This ain’t our first rodeo”.

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FAQ

  • It’s simple yet profound. The Pono promise is to offer you the highest quality digital music albums or songs in the world - at PonoMusic.com. This is the start, the source, of a listening experience unlike any other – powerful, emotional, satisfying. And, we’ve built a portable music player unlike any other in the world to enjoy this music wherever it takes you. But PonoMusic is more than just a high-resolution music store and music player. Pono is a grassroots movement whose mission is to bring back the soul of music, which has been left behind in the evolution of convenience. PonoMusic digital albums capture all the feeling, spirit, and emotion that the artists put in their original studio recordings – nothing more, and certainly nothing less.

    To make this possible we’ve created an entirely new end-to-end experience, and an “ecosystem” to allow you to effortlessly manage this new world of music quality. We’ve sourced the studio master quality (digital) recordings - and we have also designed the portable PonoPlayer with a “no compromises” approach to bring that original recording back to life, untouched by the heavy hand of compression. Close your eyes and it feels like the music is being performed live. Right in front of you. You hear the nuances, the soft touches, the ends on the echo, the air in the ambiance, and the full texture. Everything the artist meant for you to hear.

    Listen to what some of the world’s most loved artists have to say about PonoMusic at http://www.ponomusic.com. Their own words, unscripted, are as powerful and emotional as their own music. They describe how we take them back to the same feeling they had in the studio. This is a feeling that they’ve lost – that we’ve all lost - with the proliferation of lossy compressed digital formats such as mp3 - where everything became loud and flat and heartless. Yes, mp3s are really convenient, and sometimes, that’s OK. But, if you want to hear all the music, if you want it to be really special, you have to start with all the music.

    As Neil Young says, “it’s about the music, it’s the real music experience for the 21st century. It feels good because it is good.”

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  • Do you think Leonardo da Vinci would be happy if we could only see photocopies of the Mona Lisa? The community of musicians cares deeply about their art. They want their music heard and experienced the way they brought it to life with great care and commitment, in the studio. Many people feel that the best vinyl records did a great job of capturing the soul of their music, but that lossy and compressed digital formats such as mp3 just can't deliver the full emotional music experience they intended. Please see http://www.ponomusic.com.

    Many musicians you know and love have told us that they want their fans to have a choice – an opportunity to buy their music conveniently, and listen to it on portable devices, at the highest quality. This lets music lovers hear and feel the full impact of their work. We created PonoMusic to ensure the highest quality version is both available, and easy to buy and enjoy.

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  • PonoMusic is a complete digital music ecosystem: the PonoMusic Store and the PonoPlayer together deliver stunningly clear music, the next best thing to hearing it in the recording studio. The PonoPlayer is a purpose-built device, designed by world-renowned audio engineers, to do one thing, and one thing exceedingly well - to let you hear high quality PonoMusic in its original quality for the original experience.

    The PonoPlayer meaningfully improves the listening experience with any quality of headphones, speakers, or playback system. However, when using higher quality headphones and/or speakers, the PonoMusic difference is profound. The PonoPlayer will show you, via its user interface and a special “light” (to indicate a certified PonoMusic song) exactly what quality level you are hearing - when you are hearing Pono quality, and when you are not. If the light is lit, then the music you are listening to is Pono-certified as the best available quality.

    Should you invest in a PonoPlayer? If you want to experience your music, feel its soul, and have it run through your veins, then PonoMusic is for you. We want you to know that our Kickstarter campaign is being watched carefully by many key people in the music industry to understand the market interest in high-resolution digital music. Your Kickstarter pledge is not just a vote of support for PonoMusic. It is also an important voice for the momentum of the PonoMusic revolution - our movement to bring back the soul of music.

    The PonoPlayer was created to bring PonoMusic to a broad audience of music lovers, certainly not just audiophiles. It's a portable player that breathes life back into music, it is easy to use, and it won’t break your budget.

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  • Yes. We are confident that you will hear the difference. We're even more confident you will feel it. Everyone who’s ever heard PonoMusic will tell you that the difference is surprising and dramatic. Especially when they listen to music that they know well – their favorite music. They're amazed by how much better the music sounds – and astonished at how much detail they didn’t realize was missing compared to the original. They tell us that not only do they hear the difference; they feel it in their body, in their soul.

    Unfortunately, the way music is often listened to now, it allows us to recognize it as a song we might know, or a new song we might like, but not to hear or feel the music the way the artist created it. When we see a low quality photograph, we can almost always figure out what we are looking at - but when we study a truly stunning photograph, with the glorious detail and color and light and focus that a talented photographer can create with a great camera, we feel that picture differently – we are almost taken to the place it was shot, and to the same degree as listening to wonderfully recorded music, we can feel like we were “there”.

    The difference between “OK”, “good” and “great” is a personal assessment. We all know in our heart and soul what music is supposed to sound like – we have all heard it, in its perfect form – live. At Pono, we work every day to bring you more music to listen to, as you know it’s supposed to sound.

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  • The PonoPlayer was designed with a “no compromises” approach to sound quality. We partnered with the engineering team at Ayre (www.ayre.com) to include some of their world-class audio technology in our PonoPlayer. The Ayre team describes their contribution to the PonoPlayer design as follows:

    • The digital filter used in the PonoPlayer has minimal phase, and no unnatural (digital sounding) pre-ringing. All sounds made (including music) always have reflections and/or echoes after the initial sound. There is no sound in nature that has any echo or reflection before the sound, which is what conventional linear-phase digital filters do. This is one reason that digital sound has a reputation for sounding "unnatural" and harsh.

    • All circuitry is zero-feedback. Feedback can only correct an error after it has occurred, which means that it can never correct for all errors. By using proprietary ultra-linear circuitry with wide bandwidth and low output impedance, there is no need for unnatural sounding feedback.

    • The DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) chip being used is widely recognized in the audio and engineering community as one of the best sounding DAC chips available today.

    • The output buffer used to drive the headphones is fully discrete so that all individual parameters and circuit values and parts quality can be fully optimized for the absolute finest sound quality. The output impedance is very low so that the PonoPlayer delivers perfectly flat frequency response and wide volume range using virtually any set of headphones.

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  • No. We want to be very clear that PonoMusic is not a new audio file format or standard. It is an end-to-end ecosystem for music lovers to get access to and enjoy their favorite music in the highest resolution possible for that song or album. The music in the PonoMusic.com Store is sold and downloaded in industry standard audio file formats.

    The PonoMusic.com Store uses FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio format as its standard, for compatibility, although the PonoPlayer can play most popular high-resolution music formats from other sources. PonoMusic has a quality spectrum, ranging from really good to really great, depending on the quality of the available master recordings:

    • CD lossless quality recordings: 1411 kbps (44.1 kHz/16 bit) FLAC files
    • High-resolution recordings: 2304 kbps (48 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files
    • Higher-resolution recordings: 4608 kbps (96 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files
    • Ultra-high resolution recordings: 9216 kbps (192 kHz/24 bit) FLAC files

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  • Generally speaking, mp3 files have a bit rate of 192kbps or 256kbps. These are highly compressed files, and are smaller in size than higher resolution music files. The good news is that you can keep a lot of them in a small amount of storage on a portable player or mobile device. The bad news is that they’ve lost a lot of the musical information that often reveals the most pleasant and satisfying aspects of the music – mostly it is the sense of realism, and dynamics, and detail that higher resolution recordings typically capture.

    On the “low end” of higher resolution music (CD lossless, 16 bit/44.1kHz), PonoMusic files have about 6 times more musical information than a typical mp3. With ultra-high quality resolution recordings (24 bit/192kHz), the difference between a PonoMusic digital file and an mp3 is about 30 times more data from which your player reconstructs the “song”.

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  • PonoMusic is supported by all major labels and their growing catalogues of high quality digital music. We are also working with independent labels across all genres to bring a diverse selection of music to the PonoMusic.com Store. The music industry is excited about making the amazing music they’ve curated conveniently available to music lovers everywhere in its highest available quality.

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  • The record companies set their own digital music prices, label by label. High-resolution digital albums at PonoMusic.com are expected to cost between $14.99 -$24.99, and there may be exceptions. For this price you get the best quality digital music available anywhere, you own these albums forever - they don’t live only in the cloud, but also on your computer and backup disc, and you can play them anytime you wish on your PonoPlayer or other compatible devices.

    We will also be offering many of your favorite individual songs. We'll let you know the pricing soon.

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  • Your PonoPlayer works in much the same way as your other portable music devices. The PonoMusic App (for Mac or Windows PC) provides you access to the PonoMusic Store, where you can browse, search, purchase and download high-resolution music to your computer. You then just connect your PonoPlayer micro-USB cable to your computer's USB port in order to sync your favorite music and playlists and then you can enjoy your PonoMusic at the same quality level as the original recording from your PonoPlayer.

    The PonoPlayer has two output jacks: one is a normal mini-stereo headphone plug, and the output is specially designed for headphones or earbuds and is meant for personal listening; the second is a stereo mini-plug analog output and is specifically designed for listening on your home audio system, in your car, or as an input to your Sonos Connect, so you can share the PonoMusic experience with your friends and family. Keep in mind that your audio experience may vary depending on the capability of the audio system you use.

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  • The PonoPlayer was designed to meet or exceed the audio quality of portable devices and many home audio components:

    • It is available in yellow or black with a soft touch finish. It weighs 4.5 ounces (128 grams) and comes in a box with:

    - A 120/240VAC adapter/charger
    - A micro USB cable for charging and syncing files from a Mac or Windows PC
    - 64GB of internal memory and a removable 64GB microSD card included (128GB total)
    - Free downloadable desktop software (for Mac and Windows PC) with a built-in music store to browse, purchase, manage and sync Pono certified tracks as well as others
    - A user guide

    • The dimensions of the PonoPlayer are 5” (H) x 2” (W) x 1” (D)

    • It is powered by a built-in Li-Ion rechargeable battery for all-day listening (about 8 hours).

    • It has very easy-to-use controls:

    - The O button turns the player on and off.
    - The + and - buttons adjust the volume.
    - The illuminated color touch display lets you scroll through your music by album, song, artist, ..., and play, stop, fast forward, ...

    It has a 1-year warranty and will retail for $399 at www.PonoMusic.com (Available through Kickstarter.com within the PonoMusic campaign, for a limited time, for $300)

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  • The PonoPlayer ships with a total of 128GB. 64GB of memory is built into the player and another 64GB of memory on a removable microSD card. The expansion slot can accept microSD cards of up to 64GB or SDXC microSD cards of 128GB or higher. Unlike many other portable music players, the microSD cards are designed to be easily swappable. For example, you can build a library of various playlists or genres on different cards and simply swap them in and out, much like you'd swap game cards on a portable gaming console. So in reality you have infinite capacity on the PonoPlayer.

    How many songs can it hold? That depends on the quality of your music files:

    • CD lossless quality recordings (44.1 kHz/16 bit): About 5000 tracks.
    • High-resolution recordings (48 kHz/24 bit): About 3200 tracks.
    • Higher-resolution recordings (96 kHz/24 bit): About 1600 tracks.
    • Ultra-high resolution recordings (192 kHz/24 bit): About 800 tracks.

    This is a LOT of high-resolution music, and we say, “the more the better”. You’ll get hooked on how good this music sounds.

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  • 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.

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  • Not today, but hopefully some day.

    Streaming music typically requires highly compressed music files and at this time high-resolution digital music is not well suited for streaming - it can’t yet, based on a lot of technical variables in the “network playback” chain, reliably deliver the sound quality that you deserve from your favorite artists’ finest recordings.

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  • It's only possible to pledge once on a single Kickstarter account. If you pledge again on the same account, it's effectively overriding your previous pledge and reward selection. For example, if you've pledged for the sold-out Neil Young Artist Signature Series Pono, but then adjust your reward selection to the poster tier afterward, your reward will be changed to the poster. If this happens, you may not be able to change back to the limited Neil Young Edition Pono reward if there are no more availabilities. Please keep this in mind!

    If you really need to pledge for a second reward (say a second PonoPlayer), it is necessary to create a second Kickstarter account, which can be linked to the same Amazon account. You can use the second Kickstarter account to make a second pledge and choose any reward you like. This does not impact your pledge/reward from the first account.

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  • We are finalizing a design that provides the highest utility of the Player while minimizing unintentional changes to playback when it is in a pocket. The software on the touchscreen will work much like a Smartphone that requires a gestural motion on the screen to turn it on after a button press.

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  • Although it may not available at launch, we do plan to have a full social collaboration capability around music (tracks and albums), artists, genres, etc.

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  • We are investigating this option and functionality for future models of the PonoPlayer, but our primary engineering priority for calendar 2014 is to build and ship our Kickstarter backers their units this fall.

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  • The player will include actual sample songs that let you compare hi-res to MP3, but there will not be a function that artificially degrades a high-res song to MP3. The comparison that is most interesting and most dramatic is when an authentic MP3 file on a non-Pono device (most listening occurring today) is compared to a CD-quality or higher-res file on a the player. This is a comparison we've done in a very controlled fashion, and we know how fantastic it is, but obviously not something we can simulate with just our Player.

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  • The artists’ feedback was their reactions after listening to high resolution music files like we will have at PonoMusic.com. Neil's cars (several of them) are not high engineered with ultra high-end audio components. Neil's cars have a custom control and switching demonstration system such that the artists who listened to this music could experience a real time comparison of MP3 and high-res.

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  • It is only possible to pledge ONCE on a single Kickstarter account. If you pledge again on the same account, it will OVERRIDE your previous pledge and reward selection. We recommend creating a a second Kickstarter account, which can be linked to the same Amazon account (and therefore the same credit card).

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  • We are looking for talented superstars in San Francisco who believe in our cause and want to pour their heart and souls into PonoMusic. 

    If you are interested please e-mail your resume to jobs@ponomusic.com
    These are some of the positions we’re currently trying to fill: 
    • Android app developers 
    • Quality Assurance engineers – both software and hardware 
    • QA automation engineers – especially for web services

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  • As you probably know, Kickstarter is NOT an online storefront. It's a donation-based crowdfunding platform, which only allows a single reward per donation per account. Many Kickstarter campaigns have their higher-level rewards include items from lower-level pledges. Therefore, there is no confusion regarding backers being limited to one reward. Due to the unique nature of our campaign, our desire to keep PonoPlayer costs down, and the fact that we offer numerous PonoPlayer rewards of different colors and editions, our higher level rewards do not include the lower level pledge items such as T-shirts or posters. We will, as noted, offer all of this great PonoMusic “merchandise” on our own website,PonoMusic.com, shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends. 

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  • While we’ve accomplished a lot in the last couple years with a very small team and an amazing group of partners, we chose the Kickstarter platform to reach out to a broad group of like-minded music lovers for the support we need to finish the final details of the PonoPlayer design and take it to volume manufacturing. We will launch a revolutionary company that we all can be proud of and keep improving for years to come. We have a tall order ahead, and the more funds pledged, the more resources we can deploy in the engineering and production of the PonoPlayer and the design and construction of the PonoMusic website and Store – both pretty big jobs. Our goals are ambitious, and we can assure you that every dollar pledged in this campaign will be carefully invested to make the PonoMusic experience the best it can be. This is an effort that can consume a healthy chunk of money, done properly.

    For more info on this topic, please see "Risks and Challenges" at the bottom of our Kickstarter page:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1003614822/ponomusic-where-your-soul-rediscovers-music

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  • The PonoMusic.com store will be active in US, UK, and Canada at launch. We will be working with the music labels to gain the legal rights to expand internationally as quickly as we can thereafter. The PonoPlayer plays a wide variety of audio formats and makes them all sound great, so if you have your own CD quality (or better) digital music, you can enjoy the PonoPlayer immediately. We will have instructions and videos on our website that will explain how to transfer your existing music into the PonoMusic desktop App and synch it with your PonoPlayer.

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  • Some donors have had questions about international shipping—specifically, that the shipping fee does not appear properly in their donation. You are free to adjust your pledge to include international shipping as long as our project is still not finalized. To do so, visit the project page and click the blue "Manage your Pledge" button right above the Rewards on the right side of the page. Enter the amount of your pledge (generally the amount of the preferred reward tier) and the cost of shipping in the "Pledge amount" field. We ask for international donors to add on $15 to their donation. As an example, if your desired reward tier is set at $300, you should donate $315 and then click continue. You'll be asked to confirm the new pledge amount, and the credit card you wish to pledge with. Thanks for your patience with this long update to our community today… I felt there were some really important posts about these topics on the site and I wanted to address them directly. 

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