Showbiz Sandbox 165: Neil Young Sings The Praises Of His New Digital Music Format

October 1, 2012

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Singer-songwriter Neil Young has never been a fan of digital music.  The rock legend despises the inferior audio quality of MP3s and CDs so much that he released an anthology of his of his music on Blu-Ray; the only medium that could hold digital files large enough to offer the quality Young demanded.  Taking his quest for high fidelity one step further, next year Young will launch Pono, a portable music player and audio platform that uses technology to provide studio quality sound.

Time will tell whether high quality digital audio and Young’s notoriety will be enough to attract consumers to Pono, though the Beatles aren’t waiting around to find out.  EMI is releasing the bands entire catalog of albums on vinyl LPs.  Remember those?  Now all we need is a phonograph to play them on.

Meanwhile the movie awards season has begun to heat up leaving pundits speculating whether Disney might have not one, but three, entries in this year’s Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars; “Brave”, “Frankenweenie” and “Wreck It Ralph”.  How ironic that Seth MacFarlane, creator of the hit animated television series “The Family Guy”, has been tapped to host this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Of course, we cover all the week’s top entertainment news including two more seasons of “The Voice”, Rachel Maddow’s big ratings and the Beach Boys break up… again.

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Disney Looks To Score Oscar Animation Hat Trick
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/goldstandard/la-et-mn-disney-animation-oscars-20120925,0,2956626.story

Neil Young Expands Pono Digital-to-Analog Music Service
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/09/trent-reznor-abandons-diy-and-returns-to-a-major-label.html

Beatles Album Catalog Will Get Back To Vinyl Nov. 13
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-beatles-vinyl-album-catalog-reissue-20120927,0,4463869.story

MySpace Teases Totally Redesigned Fan & Artist Social Hub
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/09/myspace-teases-totally-redesigned-fan-artist-social-hub-video.html

Andrew Garfield and Director Marc Webb to Return For ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Sequel
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NHL: The Puck Stops Here Hockey lockout puts NBC Sports Network on thin ice
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Seth MacFarlane to Host the 2013 Oscars
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B&N To Launch Nook Video Service In the Fall
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NBC Renews ‘The Voice’ for Fourth, Fifth Seasons
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-renews-voice-fourth-fifth-373997

‘The Economist’ Sets Digital Rate Base Claims a first in magazine world
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Pearson Offers Early Access To Tech Titles
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Brian Wilson Fired? No, But Beach Boys Will Tour Without Him
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-beach-boys-50th-anniversary-reunion-tour-eagles-20120928,0,7962939.story

Rachel Maddow Beats Sean Hannity’s Weekly Demo Ratings for First Time Since 2009
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/rachel-maddow-ratings-sean-hannity-msnbc-fox-news-373556

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Congress Should Be Working to Raise Royalty Rates on Pandora, Not Lower Them
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Comments

  • Mgiltz

    Neil Young is a great artist and a classic, fiddling in your garage tinkerer/entrepreneur so who knows? Maybe his new standard will take hold. If record labels were smart, they’d adopt it just to make their product better, rather than using it as an excuse to try and con us into buying our entire music library again or raise prices. PS Favorite Neil Young album is still Harvest but many, many others astound as well from every decade of his career.