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Deutsche Grammophon starts online classical sales

updated 04:55 pm EST, Wed November 28, 2007

Deutsche Grammophon store

The Universal-owned Deutsche Grammophon, a famous international classical label, has at last launched its own digital online store. While much of the music found on the site can also be bought elsewhere, the DG Web Shop is already playing host to some 600 albums which are no longer on CD, with more out-of-print titles expected in the future. Total album count is currently near 2,400. Perhaps most important is the music's format: while Universal has already been selling some music DRM-free, the DG site goes a step further by using an ultra-high 320kbps bitrate. Even Apple's iTunes Plus service limits files to 256kbps.

Also notable is that the Web Shop is accessible in 42 countries, including regions where iTunes is not available, such as China, India, Russia and South Africa. Prices, though, are in Euros or US dollars: tracks under seven minutes are $1.29 apiece, while albums (including liner notes) cost between $10.99 and $11.99.

by MacNN Staff



  1. NueveFiveOh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A little misleading

    ...the DG site goes a step further by using an ultra-high 320kbps bitrate. Even Apple's iTunes Plus service limits files to 256kbps.

    This is a little misleading. DG uses 320kbps MP3 format files while Apple uses 256kbps AAC/MP4 format files. AAC is theoretically a better compression algorithm to MP3 and is an open standard, where as MP3 is a licensed format.

    Other than that, I think it's cool that DG is opening up their out-of-print catalog and the pricing is pretty reasonable.

  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969


    320 isn't enough

    You're talking about people who look for a single recording of a piece that has been recorded thousands of times. They want version 14,586 because it sounds different from version 20,834. And yeah, they're not playing it on the little speakers on their iMac. It's cool that they're dipping into the out-of-print catalog, but they really need to offer this genre in uncompressed format. That's what most classical listeners demand.

    Just my 2 cents.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If classical music users do "demand" uncompressed files they clearly have no idea of how recording works or how compression works.

    Personally, I demand that all of my downloads are uncompressed: no .zip for me! I want the purity of the original!

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