What Kind of Music do Pono Fans Like?

I’ve talked about Neil Young’s hi-res music player Pono plenty of times on this site. I was looking at the Pono Kickstarter page today, and I find it interesting to see which “Artist Signature Series” Pono players have sold, and which were flops. These are special Pono players bearing an artist’s logo and/or signature. Pono offered 500 of each, at a cost of $400.

Sold out

  • Metallica
  • Pearl Jam
  • Neil Young
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Neil Young with Crazy Horse

Sold more than 200 units

  • The Eagles
  • Tom Petty
  • Patti Smith
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Grateful Dead
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Arcade Fire
  • Beck
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Norah Jones

Sold fewer than 200 units

  • Kings of Leon (34)
  • ZZ Top (72)
  • My Morning Jacket (96)
  • Elton John (111)
  • Lyle Lovett (55)
  • Emmylou Harris (44)
  • Jackson Browne (193)
  • Portugal the Man (7)
  • Lenny Kravitz (126)
  • Tegan and Sara (57)
  • Kenny Rogers (7)

I wonder how the artists whose numbers are low feel about this.

These numbers don’t suggest that Pono purchasers are interested in specific types of music, but a few of those artists on the bottom end are pretty unknown. And poor Kenny Rogers; I have nothing against him, but I can’t see him being the object of major fandom. Given that he’s been around a lot longer than the other red lantern – Portugal the Man; I had to look them up to see who they were – I guess not many people like him.

None of this means anything, of course. I was just curious, and had a few minutes of free time…

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