Singer-songwriter Neil Young announced plans Monday to launch a high-definition portable music player and download service, saying it will improve the experience of listening to digital music on the go. The Canadian-born musician, a longtime critic of the quality of digital music, said he would be launching an online store for music downloads as well as a portable player through his new company, PonoMusic. "It's about the music, real music," Young said in a statement. "We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does that.
Musician Neil Young's long-awaited PonoPlayer music devices will be launching on crowd-funding site Kickstarter this week, and the supporting digital music site PonoMusic for high-quality track downloads will also be going live.
British DJ Route 94 hit the top of Britain's music charts on Sunday as "My Love", his collaboration with singer Jess Glynne, knocked U.S. star Pharrell Williams into second place, the Official Charts Company said. No other new entries made an impression at the top of the album chart, as British singer Ellie Goulding rose to second place, nudging last week's chart topper "Bad Blood" by Bastille down to number three. Glynne, the vocalist on Route 94's number one, also featured on the week's third best-selling single "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit.
Samsung on Friday unveiled a free music service for users of its Galaxy smartphones, entering a crowded market that includes Pandora, Spotify and Apple's iTunes. The service dubbed "Milk Music" will offer some 200 ad-free radio stations to US customers with Samsung Galaxy devices. "Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences," said Gregory Lee, president and chief executive of Samsung Telecommunications America. "We're offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle."
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