Back in 2012, musician Neil Young announced plans to launch a music player of his own that is designed at audiophiles and the music lover. Fast forward to 2014, Young finally launched the Pono player on Kickstarter and the device began to make its way to its Kickstarter backers later on in the year.
It was revealed that the Pono player would go on sale in 2015 to everyone else and if you were wondering when you might be able to get your hands on it, fret not because it has been revealed that the Pono player will be going on sale in retail stores next Monday where it will be priced starting at $399. Unfortunately it will not be available at any retailer and will only be available in about 80 locations, with Fry’s stores being one of the places you will be able to find the device.
The Pono player will be able to support high quality audio formats such as FLAC, Ogg, Apple’s Lossless Audio Codec, WAV, AAC, and MP3. It will come with 64GB of onboard storage which in all honesty would be exhausted rather quickly if one were to fill it up with only FLAC files, but we guess the idea here is to provide quality, not quantity.
That being said while the Pono does cost a bit more than your average media player, it is considerably less than Sony’s recently announced Walkman NW-ZX2 which is priced at around $1,200. So, will you be picking up the Pono player come Monday?