Engineers at Neil Young’s company admit doubts on music player

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James Covert writes:  If you’re skeptical about Neil Young’s pricey new music-download service, you’ve got company — inside Young’s company, even.

Product engineers for the shaggy rock icon’s newly released Pono digital music player have privately admitted they aren’t convinced that the high-resolution audio files it plays have any significant technical advantage over CD-quality files, sources told The Post.

Instead, Young’s Kickstarter-funded PonoMusic has decided to hawk so-called “hi-res” files as a marketing strategy, betting that numbers-obsessed audiophiles will pay up for the higher advertised digital-sampling rates, tech insiders said.

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