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Pono Player review: A tall, refreshing drink of snake oil | Ars Technica

"You know how every once in a while you buy the $40 bottle of wine instead of the $8 one, thinking you’re gonna have a special dinner or something?" Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson wrote over instant message. "And you get home, and you make the salmon or the pasta or whatever and you light the candles? And you pour the wine, swirl it like they do in Sideways so that it looks like you know what you’re doing… you bring it to your lips and after smelling it—it smells like wine—you have a sip? And it’s like… yeah, I guess this tastes good or something, but really it just tastes like wine?

"The Pono Player is kinda like that, but for music."

Ars Technica on Pono; they nail it.

via Pono Player review: A tall, refreshing drink of snake oil | Ars Technica.

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Neil Young’s PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes

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…

via Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes.

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Has Apple Patented Peer-to-Peer Distribution of Files with DRM?

Digital Music News has published some information about a patent that Apple has been granted for “Decoupling Rights in a Digital Content Unit from Download.” This patent, filed in 2011, and granted two weeks ago, coverts the following: “Systems and methods for enabling a user to obtain rights in a legitimate copy of a digital […]

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