In some ways Mr. Neil Young might be correct in saying that our so-called vinyl revival is simply as shallow as a fad. It has, not suddenly but gradually, become the cool thing to buy – as with any new, or revived, item, a certain amount of those who have to own it are simply following a trend. Rather than knowing vinyl since their childhood because of their parents, or being an avid record collector geek, people are "discovering" vinyl all by themselves, often because their favourite artists are putting out vinyl versions of their CD albums.

Arguably, this makes things collectible, which could stand as a counter argument to what I was just saying. Then again, when things are collectible this makes them something of a novelty; what are novel things but the subatomic structure of a fad?

This is the beef that Neil Young has with vinyl. That it's trendy, basically. Could he just be making these comments in light of the new and quite frankly ridiculous toy that he's patched together, Pono? Maybe. Forget vinyl! he belched into the air, You must leap into the future with Pono and myself! Vinyl is basically the antithesis of digital files, in terms of chronological order of invention and in terms of quality – in the instance of 'modern' vinyl, that is.

"A lot of people that buy vinyl today don’t realise that they're listening to CD masters on vinyl, and that's because the record companies have figured out that people want vinyl," said Neil in an interview with The Frame, an arts show on Southern California Public Radio. "And they're only making CD masters in digital, so all the new products that come out on vinyl are actually CDs on vinyl, which is really nothing but a fashion statement."

But there are many labels out there catering for vinyl-only releases; if this, and a digital download, is all these labels do, you'd expect them to know a little bit about the difference between qualities across different formats. It feels as if Neil Young is preaching just a little bit, acting a little bit condescending, as if he were the Final Boss of Audio Quality. Well, he's not. He's an ageing man who has made a living standing in front of very loud amplifiers.

Neither can he say much about things being a fashion statement; what about the PonoPlayer, this offensively striking triangular prism, which has gone through an actual design process to look the way that it does, the point of which was to get it to appeal to some section of our society? The Tobleronic PonoPlayer is about as fashion statement as fashion statements get.

It's a statement alright, like the emperor's new clothes were a statement.

Neil went on to say: "It’s a niche and it's a great niche and it's a wonderful thing and I hope people continue to enjoy vinyl and it continues to grow, because it’s a good thing." Backtracking much? Again, Pono is at the top of the pile if we're talking about niche. Allegedly super hi-def mega quality files that cater for people with money, for people that might claim to be able to recognise the minute differences in sound quality between Pono's FLAC files and any other digital counterpart, for people too out-of-the-loop who don't already own some sort of digital music player (a smartphone, an iPod, etc.) and were swayed when their favourite musician the awesome and amazing Neil Young invented the PonoPlayer — and, wait, what? You say Pono means "righteousness" in Hawaiian? That's just too cool (heavy fucking sarcasm, if you couldn't tell).

Niche, niche, niche and double niche.

Another Neil Young comment said "This is a convenience-oriented society and vinyl is not a convenient thing." Is this a comment on the actual physical dimensions of vinyl? If so, that is true. But then that would be like saying that cars aren't convenient, or houses. So he must be talking about the process of having to actively put a record on a record player and put the needle down and stuff, right?

The PonoPlayer is large, will not fit into any sane person's pocket – unless they happen to be making another fashion statement with early '00s combats adorned with a plethora of pockets – and, least conveniently of all, you have to re-buy albums in FLAC format at $15–25 a pop. In conclusion, Neil Young is a hypocrite. It feels like he just wanted to "say something" about a "contemporary issue" like the "vinyl revival".

To conclude: David Pogue from Yahoo decided to conduct an interesting experiment with Pono and its alleged super-files, comparing it to mp3 files on a phone – most preferred the phone. And, long story short, the human ear can't even detect audio quality above that of what's on a CD. What more is there to say?

• Emma Garland wrote a feature for us called Pono: Revolutionary Music Device or Another Toy for Rich Audiophiles? Read it here.

• And even PonoMusic's own staff are unconvinced of its alleged superior quality.