Quick Hits: Pono Music; the social effect of streaming; Google music makeover

Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:

Neil Young talks about Pono: …but no details on when the hi-rez music player and ecosystem will be released. Neil Young took the stage at a business conference to evangelize his product and continue building anticipation. There was no product demo, but Al Gore appeared for a conversation.

Streaming music has left me adrift: New York Times columnist Dan Brooks ruminates about how music discovery has changed relationships. “By making it perfectly easy to find new music, we’ve made it a little more difficult to find new people.”

Google Play Music makeover: Rather on the geeky side, Droid Life found leaked images of a new interface for Google Play All Access, the subscription streaming service. It all looks good; time will tell whether the leaks will bear resemblance to reality.

Quartz on streaming: In Quartz, John McDuling cites statistics from multiple sources in an argument that musicians and the recording industry generally, should increasingly embrace streaming music.

Anna Washenko

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