Neil Young and Steve Jobs Were Working On a New Type of "High Resolution" iPod

By Sam Gibbs on at

Neil Young already thinks that piracy is the new radio, but he was apparently working on a new high-quality audio iPod-like device with Steve Jobs too.

Talking at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media Conference, Young said that he was working on a new device that downloads and stores music at the highest resolution possible, and that he’d been working with Jobs on the project, which since his death has fallen flat.

Young talked about a device that downloaded music over night, as individual songs would take around 30 minutes to download. I don’t know whether it’s just my jaded ears, but I’m pretty sure the vast majority of us wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the audio quality of CDs or high bitrate MP3s and the audio masters that Young wants us to listen to. We've been been spoilt by devices that hold thousands of songs in good enough quality and tunes that take just seconds to download; I don’t really want to go back to waiting ages for a single song to download and the highly limited number of songs you could carry with you of yesteryear.

Still, there will always be audiophiles; apparently Steve Jobs, the other father of the iPod, even listened to vinyl over MP3s. [Reuters via The Guardian]

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