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Pono's mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite digital music.
Pono's mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite digital music.
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    1. Jerry
      on January 9

      Just to be clear on this the Pono Vault only plays music that you bought from the Pono Site.

      What is the point other than the clueless Clown Executive Orifice Neil's feeble attempt to get suckers to give him more money.

      Glad i didn't install it and never installed PMW either.

      using winamp for my music player works great and plays anything you throw at it. Rip great as well.

      good thing the world has Lemmings what would Neil do without them.

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      Doug Adams on January 2

      @Robert Ryan, not sure there are screen shots. Magic_Randy does tell how to do what you want. Make sure you have the newest version of JRMC. if you have questions ask in this thread.
      Good luck. Don't letthis get you down.

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      Robert Ryan on January 2

      Would you mind posting the link to the jriver tutorial with the screen shots? I was unable to find it. Thanks very much.

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      Robert Ryan on January 2

      Thank you, Doug, but it is not enough for me. I've been playing with it for a while today. It started downloading all the music on my pc automatically. I stopped it and tried again but could not find just the pono material in my files. I am seriously not good at these things. At least I used to be able to call Pono, when they picked up their phone, and have someone walk me through things. Now I don't think I even have that since I'm trying to work with the jriver program. The least they could have done was leave my library so I could rip cds to the player and download stuff from HD Tracks. Very disappointed.

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      Doug Adams on January 2

      @Robrrt Ryan, here you go:,108680.msg752634.html#msg752634

      Don't give up. You will be back to listening soon. "Same as it always was" - The Talking Heads. Hang in there.

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      Doug Adams on January 2

      @Robert Ryan, just download the JRiver Media program. It is a parent version of PMW. It works the same way. There are even different looks to pick. One is so close to PMW that many can't tell them apart.

      Your PMW has been automatically updating itself the whole time you have used it. All of this will transition automatically into JRiver with a couple clicks. Do you visit the main Pono site forums? If so JRiver has posted an easy to follow tutorial (with screen shots) to do this. Also member Magic_Randy has been helping people. They can have you back to normal in minutes. Don't panic.

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      Robert Ryan on January 2

      Thank you, Doug. I appreciate the help. I will probably try to work with jriver.

      I think I am about done with Pono. I like the sound of the player but at what cost in money and time? I'm not a computer guy and I'm not keen on working through all these things. It's not fun for me. It's ridiculous that PMV can't play other hi res music and can't accommodate ripping cds. I had something that worked fine for me (after a not insignificant amount of time spent) and now I can't even access that. I'm tempted to call it a day and just use the player with the songs I have on it now.

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      Doug Adams on January 2

      @Siltech, I downloaded Pono Music Vault. It works to just play Pono bought music on the computer. It isn't able to play other hi res music yet.

      PMV also won't do many of the other things PMW did. CD ripping isn't working correctly. This will be fixed. Don't know if it will ever be able to do format conversions. It is designed to be easier and simpler than PMW/JRiver Media.

      @robert Ryan, all your PonoMusic Store downloaded music will be in a Pono folder. If you download JRiver Media there is a way to turn off auto import. This stops everything from being imported. Then you can point at the Pono folder and only that will be imported. I haven't done this with JRiver so can't tell the exact steps. There is a thread that shows how on forums. I did do this with the new PonoMusic Vault and it worked fine.

      Good luck.

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      Robert Ryan on January 1

      What's the easiest way for me to get all my pono music in one place the same way that it was on pono music world? Do I have to individually select and move it into the new program? I've got thousands of songs on my pc. Most are in lower than cd quality, so I don't want to put those in the new pono program. And I'm not sure that I can differentiate between the 2 easily. If I install the new software will it automatically pull in what I had before?

    10. Siltech on January 1

      Doug, what did you do?

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      Doug Adams on January 1

      If Pono Vault beta isn't your cup of tea, download the 30 day free JRiver Media (PMW was based on it). With the MYLITTLEPONY code it can be bought for $38. Anyway, the saved PMW data will load into JRiver. Playlists, everything.

      Happy New Year to everyone.

    12. Siltech on December 22

      Cat Has 9 Lives

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      TMH on December 22

      I am guessing the Jriver licence expires on 31/12 and it was cheaper for them to pull together their own

      I still think this is a dead cat bounce.

    14. Link on December 22

      Pono vault? Really pono? How innovative...

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      Doug Adams on December 22

      PonoMusic Vault is now open!
      A message from their site:

      Randy Leasure (PonoMusic) (originally posted by Randy Leasure (PonoMusic))
      Aloha! Pono is pleased to announce PonoMusic Vault, our own internally developed desktop software that's an upgrade over the JRiver software that has been previously available. PonoMusic Vault is absolutely free and will never expire. This software is what you need to manage your digital music library with rich features such as Playlist Creation, CD Ripping, Tag Editing and more!

      Why did we develop Pono Vault? Because many of our users (as well as us) found the previous software to be difficult to use, and a challenge to our goal of making access to and listening to music easy for everyone. It served its purpose while we developed our own, and you can still purchase the product from JRiver if you want nothing else.

      Our software, support, and quality teams spent weeks pouring over all of the feedback and support requests that came in, and, based on that information, set out to develop a product that would provide the necessary capabilities with a much improved user interface. After nearly a year of effort we are happy to announce its availability.

      We are excited to be releasing a Beta version of PonoMusic Vault today. Follow the instructions below to download your free copy and get started with this improved experience. We have prepared a video tutorial and a list of answers to anticipated questions.

      Because this is a Beta, we will be reviewing all of the tickets you submit, but may not get back to you on each one unless there are specific questions. You should assume that all feedback is being read and being addressed.

      You can download PonoMusic Vault here:

      Check out the video tutorials here:

      We welcome your feedback and experience. Please let us know by clicking here: and don’t forget to include your operating system and browser information.

      Thanks to all of you for your support.
      Mahalo, The PonoMusic Team

      System requirements:
      Mac: OS X 10.9 and higher
      Windows: Windows Vista and higher

      *The current version of PonoMusic World times out on 12/31/16.

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      Doug Adams on December 14

      @Rocky Mountain Way watch the video. Neil says they want to offer streaming and hi res downloading. Not move away from hi res downloading as this article insinuates.

    17. Rocky Mountain Way on December 13

      From a Rolling Stone article :
      The Future of Pono
      Young is hoping to pivot his high-res music company – which had been focused on its Toblerone-shaped player and a download store – toward a hi-res streaming service. "We're pushing towards getting a presence in phones," says Young (though iPhones' internal chips are not currently compatible with higher-than-CD-quality sound). He's working with a Singaporean company on a method to "maintain our quality level when we go to streaming."

    18. Siltech on December 11

      Sounds good Doug.

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      Doug Adams on December 10

      The Mag Lev turntable does look awesome. Interested to see what you guys think when they arrive. My funding went to the Mitchell & Johnson Electrostatz headphone campaign on Indiegogo. Already had GL2SE. Added their top of the line M&J MJ2. More detail with even more neutral tuning.

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      TMH on December 8

      The new Pink Floyd re-issues are outstanding, albeit from digital sources, so worth considering for those buying new turntables

    21. Siltech on December 7

      Not sure on cartridge, yet. Wait and see how it sounds. Mag Lev may upgrade cartridge for us. I may order a 2nd one like yours. So Very Cool. Your welcome for the link. A new Rolling Stones box set just came out on albums. This set was meticulously done, and reviews rate it ultra high. Cheers

    22. Rocky Mountain Way on December 7

      Siltech - I went for the woodgrain. What cartridge upgrade would you suggest?
      My unplayed for 20 years albums include a mint Beatles Boxed set - pre the awful CD remasters and Bowie Rare - with a song called Amsterdam - a Jacques Brel song translated from the French-check it out on Youtube - it's haunting .
      Cheers again for the link.

    23. Siltech on December 5

      Anyone can pre order a Mag Lev levitation turntable on following below link. Open link and type Mag Lev in search box.

    24. Siltech on December 5

      You can upgrade cartridge at any time. Cool

    25. Siltech on December 5

      Rocky, cool. I got the early bird in black. LONG LIVE PONO

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      Doug Adams on November 29

      Congratulations @Rocky Mountain Way. Looks to be a very exciting product. Let us know what you think after you get to audition it.

    27. Rocky Mountain Way on November 26

      Hey Siltech
      I just bought a MAG-LEV turntable ! It is pure theatre and so cool and I'm sure the quality will be fine. I have quite a few vinyl records that I haven't played for years and some of them have never been issued on CD . No one will sell me Hi Res anyway ! I missed the early bird price but hey - that's rock 'n' roll.
      Thanks very much for the link. I now have the Pono & the Mag-Lev grin!

    28. Rocky Mountain Way on November 25

      And now for something completely different..
      Last night I went to a Last Waltz tribute concert in Auckland NZ featuring Garth Hudson and Sister Maud Hudson with the original movie music director John Simon. What an event. The Band covers were fantastic and Garth came out for a cameo with Sister Maud and played brilliantly. He is 79 and badly crippled with arthritis - his spine is quite curved and Maud sang from a wheelchair -both with dark glasses and cool hats.
      We were all in awe - so much respect for a frail living legend playing with so much passion.
      This is the essence of what music is all about.

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      TMH on November 23

      How long before the whole project shuts down Jerry? I give it to March 2017 at best

    30. Link on November 20

      I feel sorry for the people who invested 5k into this.

    31. Jerry
      on November 19

      Phil Baker is full of Crap he is just a stooge for Neil the pono store will never reopen period

    32. Siltech on November 19

      Wilso Yvettes
      PDF Photos 2016-11-19.pdf

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      Doug Adams on November 16

      Update from Phil Baker at Pono.

      To all of our community members,

      We understand the concerns that you are voicing, but not responding is not meant to be disrespectful.

      It’s frustrating to us as well to read your messages and not be able to give you more information. We are all here working hard to build on the work that we began together.

      We continue to work at recovering from the closure of Omnifone and looking at additional products. It’s been a lot harder than anticipated.

      We are a small company with limited resources, and our vision of what we want to do has always exceeded what we could afford to do, beginning with the development of the Pono player.

      As those that have worked in startups know, uncertainty is a way of life. We continue to be optimistic about the future of Pono and are planning for some exciting things. But startups need a continuing stream of capital, and that determines what we can do and how fast we can do it. We will communicate about future activities when we know there’s a good chance of succeeding.

      Lastly, no one should read anything into where Neil’s music is appearing and in what formats as anything to do with Pono. It is not. It’s simply addressing the need to meet the demands of the market.


      So we can relax a little. Play some music.

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      Doug Adams on November 16

      Interesting @Siltech. Hard to tell how great it will sound from this clip. At least the turntable works.

    35. Siltech on November 15

      From SoundCloud app. This is a wav file recorded song from this turntable.

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      Doug Adams on November 15

      @Siltech, it does look cool. Wonder how it sounds? It could be great or just average. You are also stuck with their tonearm. It is great looking.

      With battery back up it must be electro magnets. Permanent magnets would float with out power. Just like big speaker magnets.

    37. Siltech on November 15

      You can order it in two tone, all
      black, or all white. SO COOL

    38. Siltech on November 15

      I believe it's electro magnetic. Platter is totally free in space. They thought about the power. If power goes out, there is a battery backup, and platter feet come up and shuts off safely. Check out site. Also, there's a bunch of YouTube videos on this product. It just looks so cool.…

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      Doug Adams on November 15

      @Siltech that is an interesting turntable. Magnetic flotation could improve sound quality. It seems to levitate the platter much higher than needed for this. I didn't read all the q/a. Is the platter kept up by permant or electro magnets? If electro, what happens if there is a power failure while playing a record? Does your expensive cartridge get destroyed?

    40. Siltech on November 14

      @Doug. Check out this amazing turntable on Kickstarter. Pass the word about it. I may get one.

    41. Siltech on November 14

      Just a mini home stereo video, with Pono playing as source. The sound is sublime through Wilson Yvettes. Take care Doug.

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      Doug Adams on November 14

      Siltech, looks like you posted a picture file? Don't think that works on Kickstarter forum. This link doesn't for me. What is it?

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      Doug Adams on November 13

      @TMH I find the elevation of a talk show host to president far less depressing than the fact that both major political parties are corrupt to the core. Both tried to thwart the will of the American people. One succeeded, sorry Bernie. One didn't. That is far more worrisome than any single person becoming president. I would love the president to outlaw all political parties.

      You are correct, it doesn't cost much to keep keep servers, and other things going. But, if you are going out of business why do it at all? Pretty sure Pono will reopen the stores. Do wish they would communicate what they are doing in more depth.

    44. Siltech on November 13


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      TMH on November 12

      Doug, without getting all political i think the elevation of a reality TV star to the highest office in the world is very depressing, but

      I dont think Pono will be back. it does not cost much to keep forums and servers open, and i doubt they are shipping many new players, this thing is now 2 years older and Fiio and A&K are releasing newer and cheaper versions.

      And Neil putting his stuff out on iTunes speaks volumes

      Anyway, we shall see, I have two ponos, they sound fantastic (although the UI and screen still annoy the shit out of me, which is why i reckon A&K and Fiio would be killing pono) but if they broke tomorrow i can't see myself rushing to Amazon to replace the Pono

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