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Passionato Launches Classic Music Download

September 12, 2008

Passionato claims to offer the world’s biggest collection, over 18,000 recordings in high-quality (320Kbps) DRM-Free classical downloads. Some music downloads may be offered in lossless FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) as well. Their catalogs include two largest major labels (Universal Music and EMI Classics), Naxos (the biggest independent), Chandos, Avie and Arts. Interested? Well, if you are not in UK, you’ll have to wait  a little bit.

Naxos has already started their own music service by fee-based subscription to their music library (individuals or institutional license). I can feel the effort Naxos put into the classical music market. Particularly, I am interested in their label Naxos Historical and DVDs from Euroarts and Medici Arts two labels. I don’t know about other players in the business of online classical music downloads.

Before, I wouldn’t care about buying 128kbps MP3 files of classical music. However I might consider it if they can be offered in high-quality format (better come with PDF files of album booklet). It at least can save me lots of money in shipping (and might be good for environment too! 😉 )

(via BBC News)

One Comment leave one →
  1. Bryan Hedberg permalink
    September 19, 2008 3:17 am

    I found Passionato to be expensive and an awful site for classical music lovers. Albums are presented in non-sensical fashion and the site was clearly designed by somebody who knows little about classical music. Artists and genres are in the wrong spots etc. A real turn-off.

    I’ve been happy with Classicsonline.com (it’s part of the Naxos operation) offers 320kbps downloads with booklets. Good selection of labels, nice playlists, a good site.

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