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Remember when I brought you word of Neil Youngís answer to what he believed was the low-quality sound of the iPod: the PonoPlayer? You should remember, because it was literally yesterday. And despite starting only a day ago, the Kickstarter for the PonoPlayer has destroyed its $800,000 goal by almost doubling it.

At the time of this writing, Neil Youngís PonoPlayer has earned over $1.7 million in Kickstarter pledges. While itís no doubt impressive, in all honestly, itís not that surprising considering the name attached to it and the amount of coverage itís been getting. Still, kudos to Young and the PonoMusic Team for utilizing the amazing power of crowdfunding.

Now a successful Kickstarter doesnít ensure much. Thereís still plenty of time and room for the PonoPlayer to tank, but itís coming out of the gate to a strong start. The first players are scheduled to ship in October of this year, so thatís when we should start getting glimpses of its actual success. A minimum pledge of $300 will score you a unit at launch in October. Pledge $400 to get a limited edition version featuring such artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson and Patti Smith.

via The Verge

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