Does the music on your iPod sound like shit? Neil Young thinks so, and he's got a point ... sort of. It's not something the average music buyer cares about or even notices, but there is indeed a drop in sound quality that comes with making a digital music file small enough that you can fit 40,000 of them on a single device.
Not content with simply complaining, though, Neil Young is doing something about it. Earlier this year, the permanently grumpy rock legend launched a Kickstarter to finance the release of the Ponomusic player, an iPod-type device that plays FLAC files. That stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec and the important word there would be "lossless" if that was an actual word. Still, it is a formation of letters that matter to a lot of people.
I can't tell if this kid is in pain or not.
Are you one of those people? Probably not. Digital music wouldn't have taken off the way it did if sound quality was a widespread concern. The flip side, of course, is that if nobody cared about sound quality, PonoMusic probably wouldn't be the third most successful Kickstarter campaign in history, blowing past its initial funding goal of $800,000 in a matter of hours and eventually raking in an astounding $6.2 million.