Sunday, January 11, 2015

Report: High-def Beatles tracks coming to Neil Young's Pono player

This needs better sourcing for confirmation, but is big news if accurate:

Showbiz 411 reports that Paul McCartney is supervising release of the Beatles' catalog in high-definition sound for download via Neil Young's Pono Music Player.
Paul McCartney himself is said to be supervising the transfer of the Beatles’ crown in the jewel recordings so they can be added to the Pono catalog which can then be purchased and downloaded into the $399 Pono player.

This could be huge for Pono, which is already offering a wide selection of music on its site at 192 khz. But the Beatles will kick it over the top. Even last night when I ran into the Black Eyes Peas’ will.i.am the first thing he said to me about Pono was “Wait til you hear Sgt. Pepper on Pono. It’s going to blow your mind.” The Pono people have already played the classic 1967 album for him on their device. One thing he did tell me was that you don’t need very expensive head phones to enjoy it. “Just regular good headphones.” (Me, I have Grado and Sennheiser.)

So more to come later this week on Pono. You can also download high end music from a very good site called hdtracks.com, which can be played on an iPod or the Sony Walkman or your cell phone.

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