The fabled Deutsche Grammophon label has opened the DG Web Shop, which sells downloadable tracks from DG’s vast catalog of classical music. This is very much in line with Universal Music Group’s desire to get out from under Apple’s thumb, and there are some distinct advantages to dealing directly with DG:
- Bit rate of 320. Constant, yet.
- No DRM.
I priced a DG reissue: piano works by Debussy, including both books of Images, the Children’s Corner, and seven of the Préludes, played by Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. (I bought this stuff years ago on vinyl.) Individual tracks are a buck twenty-nine; however, the entire set nineteen tracks is only $10.99. And though this isn’t one of them, a number of albums are offered with liner notes of a sort, in PDF format.
Best of all, this isn’t limited to items in print: according to DG, some 600 out-of-print albums are available for download.