PonoMusic - Where Your Soul Rediscovers Music

A project in San Francisco, CA by the PonoMusic Team

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Pono's mission is to provide the best possible listening experience of your favorite digital music.
Backers: 18220
Average Pledge Per Backer: $342

Funded: $6,225,354 of $800,000
Dates: Mar 11th -> Apr 15th (35 days)
Project By: the PonoMusic Team
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14 Most Successful Kickstarter Campaigns Ever and Where They Are Now

August 13th - via: inc.com
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March 24th - via: cbronline.com
Thousands of backers pledged millions to bring these projects to life. (Read More)

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September 4th - via: hlntv.com
If you want to make your idea a reality, you may as well try crowdfunding it -- it worked out well for these folks! (Read More)

15 Most-Funded Crowdfunding Projects On Kickstarter And Indiegogo

February 16th - via: forbes.com
2015 is shaping up as the greatest ever for crowdfunding, with three 2015 projects already making it to the list of 15 most-funded crowdfunding projects on Kicstarter and Indeigogo. (Read More)

Neil Young's PonoPlayer is put to the test

February 2nd - via: newsok.com
It was one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. Its inventors sought $800,000 in funding from the public — but raised a gigantic $6.2 million, Yahoo Tech reports. (Read More)

Neil Young's PonoPlayer for high-res music is in stores now

January 7th - via: mashable.com
Neil Young's PonoPlayer arrives in stores this week, and it's accompanied by the launch of the PonoMusic store. (Read More)

After the Gold Rush: Neil Young's Pono Crowdfunds More Cash

August 18th - via: mashable.com
Pono has raised nearly as much in a second crowdfunding campaign as it did in its original Kickstarter campaign. We talked to the COO about Pono's strategy. (Read More)

Neil Young's Pono Music is Now Equity Crowdfunding Following $6.2 Million Kickstarter Hit

August 13th - via: crowdfundinsider.com
PonoMusic raised over $6.2 million on Kickstarter this past April, a campaign that saw just about every living rock star endorse the innovative product. Now with strong consumer demand, Pono has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder seeking to raise a minimum of $2.5 million in equity. Accredited investors may support Neil Young’s Pono project for as little as $5000 and join big names such as Bruce Springstein and other legends in the music industry in backing this young company. (Read More)

Neil Young Wants You To Love Cotton Like He Loves Cotton

August 2nd - via: musictimes.com
On Friday, classic rock superhero Neil Young posted a lengthy message on his website about cotton. Devoid of any subliminal shots at Southern culture (and therefore unlikely to receive another diss track from Lynyrd Skynyrd), Young's message focused on the shirts he recently began giving to concertgoers. (Read More)

Neil Young Takes Over as CEO of PonoMusic

July 16th - via: mainstreet.com
Neil Young said earlier this year that his successful Kickstarter campaign "to save an art form" had changed his life. Last week, the company he founded, PonoMusic, announced he had made that official, taking over the office of chief executive officer. (Read More)

Crowd-soured funding giving business a kickstart

April 28th - via: irishexaminer.com
IRELAND, UK - WHAT are your options if you have a great idea for a new business but don’t have the funding? Previously, you had two choices: you could apply to your bank for a loan, or ask family and friends to lend it to you. Now, there’s a new alternative: crowd-sourced funding via the internet. Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) is one of the oldest crowd-sourcing websites; it celebrates its fifth birthday this month. (Read More)

What’s Next For PonoMusic, The Startup That Took Kickstarter By Storm And Raised $6.2M

April 27th - via: techcrunch.com
Once in a while, a Kickstarter project just hits a nerve and compels thousands of people to donate money to make sure it becomes a reality. PonoMusic, a startup that aims to create a music download service and physical music player focusing on ultra high-quality sound, is the most recent example. (Read More)

Neil Young Raises $6 Million For PonoMusic Kickstarter

April 16th - via: elmoremagazine.com
Neil Young’s Kickstarter drive to fund the development of his PonoMusic player has concluded, and the singer has raised a total of over $6 million from over 18,000 backers. That total leaves Young’s fundraising drive as the third-largest Kickstarter campaign in the history of the website. (Read More)

Neil Young’s Pono Kickstarter Raised Over $6 Million

April 15th - via: radio.com
Neil Young sure knows a thing or two about crowd funding. His Pono Kickstarter not only reached its goal of $800,000 in its first day, but the pledges rose upwards of $6.2 million. (Read More)

Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter Ended Today With $6.22 Million Pledged

April 15th - via: hypebot.com
Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter campaign to launch a better-audio player and download store ended today, far surpassing it's original $800,000 goal. (Read More)


April 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi Kickstarter community, Can you believe we have 24 hours left of our Kickstarter campaign? We cannot either! Please get involved while you still can! A few reminders about our rewards... • We added the Pono Clear, a PonoPlayer with transparent... (Read More)

Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter Passes $6M with 1 Day To Go

April 14th - via: hypebot.com
Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter campaign to launch a better-audio player and download store, has passed $6 million pledged from more than 17,000 backers one day before deadline. (Read More)

Neil Young's has a top 10 hit on Kickstarter (Video)

April 14th - via: upstart.bizjournals.com
With five days left in its Kickstarter campaign, Neil Young's high quality Pono Music player passed the Veronica Mars movie this month to become the third most funded project on the crowdfunding site. Here's a whirlwind tour of Kickstarter's most-funded projects. (Read More)

Last 48 Hours. Thank You from Neil Young & the PonoMusic team.

April 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Pono means righteous. It is a Hawaiian word, the one, the pureness. On behalf of Pono, we thank you for helping us give music a voice. You have helped to set the stage for a revolution in music listening. Finally, quality enters the listening space... (Read More)

Clarifications Regarding Update #23 & the PonoPlayer Design

April 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Clarification about the PonoPlayer Output ImpedanceSome have expressed concerns about the output impedance of the PonoPlayer being 5 ohms. It is important to note that it is trivial to make the output impedance arbitrarily low -- simply add more and... (Read More)

More about the PonoPlayer Design

April 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Many of the more technically inclined have asked for more details about what is so special about the PonoPlayer design. Charlie Hansen, founder of Ayre Acoustics, and one of the major contributors to the technical audio circuit design of the... (Read More)

Neil Young's PonoMusic third most funded campaign in Kickstarter history

April 11th - via: music-news.com
Neil Young's PonoMusic third most funded campaign in Kickstarter history - The Number One magazine featuring news, reviews, interviews & all the gossip from the UK and World music scene. (Read More)

Important Info about the Stretch Run of our Kickstarter

April 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Dear Kickstarter backers,  Here we are, with just 6 days left of our PonoMusic Kickstarter campaign. Your support has been overwhelming and gratifying, and we truly appreciate it. You can take pride in knowing that your personal support was... (Read More)

A Message to Artists, from Neil Young

April 7th - via: kickstarter.com
A message to Artists: First, we say “thanks” to all of you artists who have been here with Pono since the beginning. We are deeply grateful for your encouragement and support. When you and your recording team go into a studio or recording... (Read More)


April 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Happy Monday, everybody! We added ZZ Top to our Artist Signature Series. Like the Grateful Dead, we will be imprinting their infamous emblem directly on the player. Enjoy! Stay righteous, the PonoMusic Team  (Read More)

International Shipping and European VAT

April 6th - via: kickstarter.com
International Shipping Charges – Very Important! You are responsible for adding $15 to your pledge total if your ship-to address is outside of the continental United States. Canada and Mexico are also international territories. If you have made... (Read More)


April 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Happy weekend, everybody. We just posted a video where "Unsuspecting Teens Try Pono." We hope you love it as much as we do. You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play 00:00 00:00 Here are a handful of quotes from the clip: "It's... (Read More)


April 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
HAPPY FRIDAY! We just added GRATEFUL DEAD to our Artist Signature Series!  Have a righteous weekend! -PonoMusic  (Read More)

When it rains it pours...

April 1st - via: kickstarter.com
We also just added ELTON JOHN to our Artist Signature Series! Go get 'em!  (Read More)


March 31st - via: kickstarter.com
We're pumped to share that we just added Kings of Leon to our Artist Signature Series. Enjoy! XO the PonoMusic team  (Read More)


March 31st - via: kickstarter.com
We are excited to announce that we just added the Eagles to our Artist Signature Series.  ..............go get 'em!Our very best, the PonoMusic team  (Read More)

Pono Surpasses $5 Million as Neil Young Shares Message

March 30th - via: crowdfundinsider.com
The Pono Music team must be elated. Their crowdfunding campaign that was set to raise $800,000 – not a small amount – has not surpassed $5,000,000 in crowdfunding. Almost 15,000 supporters have backed this crowdfunding project on Kickstarter – and as we recently reported – now stands at 4th place in the rankings of largest crowdfunding campaigns ever on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Neil Young’s PonoPlayer Passes $5m In Kickstarter Pledges

March 29th - via: techcrunch.com
The portable music player is alive and well. Pono Music’s PonoPlayer just crossed the $5 million milestone on Kickstarter, making it the fourth most funded project in the site’s history. Twelve thousand backers have pledged enough to pre-order the device. And there is still 16 days to go on its campaign. (Read More)

Pono Music Player Climbing Kickstarter's Rankings, Now 4th Behind Veronica Mars

March 28th - via: crowdfundinsider.com
The Pono Music campaign continues to ascend Kickstarter’s all-time most funded list. The “end-to-end ecosystem for music lovers” has garnered nearly 15,000 backers at the time of writing and had raised just short of $5 million. (Read More)

Founder's Message

March 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Here we are at the halfway point. My experience here at Kickstarter has been life changing. After banging my head against the walls of venture capitalism for almost three years, dealing with business experts who didn’t understand what we were... (Read More)

Artist Testimonials! Check 'Em Out!

March 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all, Have you seen our Artist Testimonials on www.ponomusic.com? We just added the Foo Fighters! Foo Fighters on www.ponomusic.com  Enjoy!  (Read More)

A Note from our CEO

March 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Saturday morning – just checked the site, and again, I’m gratified and thrilled to see the support for PonoMusic. Thank you.  We are honored by your interest, your passion for the movement we are leading, and your trust in us to deliver on our... (Read More)

PonoMusic Quality Spectrum

March 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi everyone,  We created a PonoMusic Quality Spectrum visual for your viewing. Check it out! (You can also see it on the main page.) PonoMusic Quality Spectrum The PonoMusic.com Store uses FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) audio format as its... (Read More)

Two More Artist Signature Series Players Added!

March 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all, For those who were asking for Neil Young & Crazy Horse Artist Signature Series players, they are UP! Also, for those asking for more indie artists, we added the fantastic Tegan and Sara to the roster too. More news to come... Happy... (Read More)

A message from the CEO of PonoMusic

March 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow! Thanks to all of you, we crossed the 10,000 PonoPlayer mark yesterday… and we are both gratified and delighted that so many people have pledged their support to the mission of great sounding digital music. I’d like to think we caused this -... (Read More)

More Answers To Your Questions

March 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all,  As our CEO John Hamm stated this morning, we are working on staffing up to better respond to your questions in a timely manner.  In the meantime, we compiled more frequently asked questions from the comments and messages. Here are our... (Read More)

A Note from our CEO

March 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello to the PonoMusic Kickstarter community!  We are so grateful to all of you for your overwhelming support of PonoMusic. I want to apologize to those of you that have not received answers to your questions and comments. We really appreciate your... (Read More)

More Rewards Monday!

March 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi everybody!  Many of you have asked for more t-shirt color options, so your wish is our command.  Those who pledged for a t-shirt, or want one in the future, we now have white and black options in addition to the yellow. At the end of the... (Read More)

A Message from Neil Young

March 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Thanks everyone for all of your support. It has been and continues to be gratifying to me to see how many of you are supporting Pono and our revolution in the way people can listen. Now we will have a choice that is as convenient as it is great... (Read More)

Happy Friday! MORE REWARDS!

March 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi all, We are so incredibly grateful for your support that we have been really working to get more rewards for you! So here we have it... We added 30 more VIP DINNER & LISTENING PARTY WITH NEIL YOUNG rewards, this time in NEW YORK. We added... (Read More)

Some answers to your questions!

March 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello backers! We have gone through tons of your questions/comments/messages and have worked to respond to many of them. We came across a handful that address similar issues, so we wanted to share our answers here.  Also, keep in mind that a lot of... (Read More)

Neil Young’s New Music Device PonoMuisc Is On Kickstarter

March 13th - via: neonnettle.com
The Kickstarter launched on the 11th of March and it has already raised $1.4 million, smashing the Kickstarter goal of $800,000 in the first 24 hours. On the page the company says Pono is “not a new audio file format or standard," on the Kickstarter page itself it states; (Read More)


March 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Dearest backers, We are absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed by the amount of LOVE we have received from AROUND THE WORLD in just the past 24 hours. It's incredible. Your donations show that PonoMusic should exist... You have officially joined our... (Read More)

Neil Young Reaches 800,000 PonoMusic Kickstarter Goal in 1 Day

March 12th - via: rollingstone.com
Well, that was fast. At 11:00 p.m. EST Tuesday night, less than 10 hours after launching a Kickstarter page to raise money for his new digital music service PonoMusic and its accompanying player, Neil Young surpassed his goal of $800,000. Young and the PonoMusic team had set an expiration date of Tuesday, April 15th to raise the necessary funds. (Read More)

Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player

March 12th - via: ksjd.org
Amid the thousands promoting new music at this week's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, one artist took to the stage Tuesday to promote a new way to hear it. Before a crowd at the Austin Convention Center, Young launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his long-planned high fidelity music player and online store, Pono. (Read More)

Pono Kickstarter

March 11th - via: ditchwalk.com
As regular readers know I have serious issues with Kickstarter, in large part because the site/service can so easily be exploited for nefarious purposes. As RPS finally (and to my mind belatedly) made clear after flogging the site endlessly, when you’re giving money to a Kickstarter project you’re not buying anything. Instead, you’re investing in something that may or may not happen, which means the people you’re investing in need to have a great reputation to go along with their great idea. (Read More)

The 7 Coolest Products On Kickstarter This Week (March 11, 2014)

March 11th - via: thedailyup.com
This edition features an ultra high-definition audio player, made to order selvage jeans, and an affordable military watch with Swiss movement. (Read More)

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