We have some interesting news to share with you now, as it has been claimed that Steve Jobs was working on a new iPod device before he died, a device which would come with support for high-resolution audio formats.
The claims have been made by singer Neil Young, who has stated in a recent interview that he was working on the mystery device with the late Apple CEO before he passed away last year. According to Young, Jobs preferred listening to vinyl records while at home and was working on a solution to deliver a device that would be more suitable for professional musicians with a preference to higher quality music.
At the moment, the most popular format is the mp3 of course, which obviously isn’t ideal for consumers who have become used to listening to music at a higher quality. The current iPod supports formats such as MP3, AAC and WAV, but an article by The Guardian reveals that this device that Young and Jobs were working on would feature an uncompressed music format, as well as the ability to download songs while a user sleeps.
Unfortunately, Young also states that since Jobs has passed away, work on the device has come to a halt, or in his words as he put it – there’s ‘nothing much going on’ right now. We’re obviously intrigued by this higher audio quality that Young is on about though, so we hope that the project isn’t dead and buried just yet. As for the ability to download songs while sleeping, that’s a fantastic idea which we’re sure will become available sooner rather than later anyway.
Another potential problem though regarding this mystery device – would there really be enough demand for this higher audio quality iPod? The iPod is obviously immensely popular with the young generation at the moment, most of whom cannot tell the difference between uncompressed and compressed music. Perhaps Jobs and Young were working on a device which would come as a secondary alternative to a standard iPod to suit those with a greater ear for quality.