Are you sick of over-compressed MP3s, but not willing to climb FLAC Mountain? Well, Neil Young may have something even better planned for next year. Young’s PONO Audio is finally launching in early 2014, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page. According to Young, this is the best possible format because PONO restores the sound to the way it was in the studio. Obviously, words can be limiting in describing how something actually sounds so we’ll have to wait until Young releases it to really get an idea. In his words:
Hearing PONO for the first time is like that first blast of daylight when you leave a movie theater on a sun-filled day. It takes you a second to adjust. Then you enter a bright reality, of wonderfully rendered detail.
This music moves you. So you can feel. That’s why so many musicians are behind PonoMusic – this is important work that honors their art. This is the way they wanted you to hear their music.
Sounds exciting, and barring any delays we’ll get to hear how PONO sounds relatively soon. Now let’s just hope that Young’s million dollar electric car breaking down in the desert last week wasn’t some sort of omen for what’s to come.