Neil Young gave a fascinating talk in Austin today. Highly compressed, digital music is bad for our souls, and you can’t feel an MP3, he said.
He also spoke a lot about his new music service, called Pono. It’s a clunky, pocket-sized device, plus an interface for your computer (like an iTunes). The player has lots of memory space to hold uncompressed, super high resolution audio files. It’s supposed to sound just like analog - just like having a record player in your car or in your pocket.
I was raised on MP3s and CDs. I grew up hearing that people who still listen to records are hipsters. Neil Young says they’re the people who really feel the warmth of the music in their bones.
Pono isn’t out yet. Young and his team are still looking for funding. In the meantime, maybe it’s time for this music lover to finally invest in a record player.