Will Neil Young’s Pono Keep the (almost) Free World Rockin’?
Carol Spieckerman comments on today’s Retail Wire discussion: Neil Young evokes Steve Jobs, plans to take on Apple's iPod.
Initial reviews from aficionados will determine whether Pono has the potential to make it big, but I don't think that's the end game for Mr. Young. This is a long-tail play from a musical genius and audiophile who no doubt knows many others who share his tastes and frustrations with current formats. That said, if the technology does build a better bridge between vinyl and digital, Apple, Google, Samsung and the like would be wise to license it rather than attempting to recreate Mr. Young's masterwork.