Remember when Neil Young appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman last year to talk about his plans for a high-fidelity digital music service (and gadget) named Pono? Well, it isn’t vapourware. Young announced on Facebook last night that Pono now has a launch date and manufacturing partner. “All of us at Team PONO have been focused on getting everything right for our early 2014 launch of Pono,” wrote Young. “The simplest way to describe what we’ve accomplished is that we’ve liberated the music of the artist from the digital file and restored it to its original artistic quality – as it was in the studio. So it has primal power.” The partner is hi-fi firm Meridian, with Young confirming plans to release “both the PONO portable player – an updated version of the one I showed on David Letterman’s program – and an online library, with all your favorite music available in PonoMusic quality”. There are no details on pricing, launch countries or licensing partners as yet, but Young is encouraging fans to follow news through Facebook and Twitter in the coming months.

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