Agree that the it's the whole chain that makes this interesting. Otherwise the effort would be just another (welcome) hi-fi mfg company.
There are a few things that we know about the store and the front end of the business.
- They are engaging directly with the artists and music labels to lobby for better content. Obviously if better quality doesn't go into the front of the chain, it's hard to get quality out the other end.
- They assert that they intend to sell only the best version of a recording that is available -- and if another version becomes available, then customers will get free upgrades.
- They're working with JRiver on the store software and (I assume) music library software.
- At Axpona John Hamm said that all content will be signed off by the artists. Obviously this doesn't help for older material, but clearly setting the right direction for current and future works.
- Hamm also confirmed that "We care about provenance and the chain of custody." It seems to me that their operating principles are exactly right.
The Axpona coverage is from Stereophile: http://www.stereophile.com/content/pono-ceo%E2%80%99s-high-res-lowdown
The news about JRiver is directly from JRiver: http://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php?topic=89007.msg610743#msg610743
Edited by flatmap - 5/16/14 at 7:46am