Neil Young is reportedly helping with the development of a high-definition alternative to the MP3.

The Canadian musician is working along with developers and his label on this project to provide a new digital format.

Rolling Stone reports that the singer filed several names with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including: 21st Century Record Player, Earth Storage, Storage Shed, Ivanhoe, Thanks for Listening and SQS (Studio Quality Sound).

The description given with the paperwork reads as follows:

“Online and retail store services featuring music and artistic performances; high resolution music downloadable from the internet; high resolutions discs featuring music and video; audio and video recording storage and playback.”


The publication also point out that a prior press release of Young’s speaks of such a project, stating that Young is “spearheading the development of Pono, a revolutionary new audio music system presenting the highest digital resolution possible, the studio quality sound that artists and producers heard when they created their original recordings”.

More details as they develop.