The legendary, awesome-in-every-way Neil Young recently took to the cablewaves to tease his Pono music ecosystem again — the one that will save music fans from compressed music and stupid white headphones, liberating us into a vinyl-like universe where the sound has soul, man, soul you can feel. One point he made on The Daily Show was that “people don’t have MP3 listening parties.
Sorry, Neil, but that’s not true. On Spotify, where I listened to Neil’s latest album (including the lyrics “I don’t want my MP3″), an app called Soundrop lets people all over the world listen to digital music together — and it’s only one of a bunch of different services that do this (see also Turntable.fm, Facebook’s “listen with” option, Google Hangouts, and more). Heck, even GIF Spinner does it.