Earlier today, I noted that iTunes 12.1 has changed the display of the Info window, the window that displays when you select one or more tracks and press Command-I. You use this window to tag files; to edit the metadata, such as the track name, artist, album name, and more. But this window is poorly […]
Apple may have sold gazillions of iPhones in the latest quarter, but the questions about iTunes are still coming strong. This week, I look at three interesting questions. How can you label live recordings by date and set? How can you sync from iTunes Match to a non-iOS iPod? And what are those mystery columns […]
iTunes 12.1 has been released, the first major update to the latest version of this app. Apple claims that this update improves sync performance, and there is a new Notification Center widget that you can use to control your music. The Notification Center widget displays when you invoke Notification Center, if you choose to add […]
You know, I saw that Pono video too, with all the musicians saying how great it sounded. And I knew it couldn’t be true, because, you know, science. But it turns out that Neil Young was lying all the time. David Pogue has an excellent article about Pono on the Yahoo website, where he explains […]
David Pogue on Pono:
You’ve got to admit it: The argument for the Pono Player sure is appealing — that we don’t know what we’ve been missing in our music.
Unfortunately, it isn’t true.
He did a blind test with 15 volunteers. And they didn’t hear a difference.
So I wrote to Pono — and heard back from Neil Young himself.
“Of approximately 100 top-seed artists who compared Pono to low resolution MP3s,” he wrote, “all of them heard and felt the Pono difference, rewarding to the human senses, and is what Pono thinks you deserve to hear.”
Aha — there’s a key phrase in there: low-resolution MP3s.
Clearly, if Pono’s testing involved a remastered, high-resolution audio file going head-to-head with an original, crummy MP3 of the same song, you’d hear a difference.
My advice: If you want a better, richer, better balanced, less tiring, more comfortable listening experience, you don’t have to spend $400 on a new player and throw away your existing music collection.
Just spend a couple of hundred bucks on a nice pair of headphones.
Thank you David.
BTW, I think that Neil Young is a charlatan. Just saying…