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.
If you find yourself on either extreme of that spectrum, nothing I'm saying here will matter much either way. I'm not going to convince you to care about sound quality if you're comfortable rocking to the eardrum-shredding sounds of a 96 kbps MP3 and people who spend hundreds of dollars on expensive speaker cables and whatnot can't be told anything by anyone.
Technology will never surpass this, snobs.
What about those people who might be on the fence about the matter, though? If you're looking for a portable music player with the technical specifications needed to make your insanely overpriced stereo system sing, should you invest in a PonoPlayer? Personally, I'd say no, for one simple reason -- the technology required to play lossless audio files on the go has existed for a long damn time now. This is what it looks like in its present form.
How do you text with that thing?
Right, that's just a basic iPod Classic, and if you really need to listen to lossless music, it's fully capable of doing the job. Can it play FLAC files? Nope, but it can play ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) files, and if you think there's an audible difference between the two, you're in the minority. I totally understand why you'd take the word of a 70-something who's been playing an electric guitar for the past four decades over that of a bunch of stupid experts and scientists, though.
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"How do I make a phone call with this thing?"