Eine kleine Digitalmusik

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.

(From Create Digital Music via Consumerist.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 December 2007 · 8:11 pm

    You mean you’re telling me I might have a reason to buy an MP3 player after all?

    (I love Deutsche Grammophon. And I love that they’re going to make their out-of-print stuff available. Wow, a company that actually caters to what its core customers might want!)

  2. CGHill »

    3 December 2007 · 10:06 pm

    I checked out one other collection: the last three Mozart symphonies (39 through 41) with Maazel and the New York Philharmonic, live from Avery Fisher Hall. (For those who might ask, it’s the revised version of K.550, with the clarinet parts added.) $11.99 for the lot, including PDF booklet.

  3. Mark Alger »

    4 December 2007 · 9:06 am

    Oh, I think I might hate you! As if I had all the time and money in the world! Sheesh!


  4. anon »

    4 December 2007 · 2:58 pm

    “This is very much in line with Universal Music Group’s desire to get out from under Apple’s thumb,”

    is apparently euphemistic for charge you more money.

  5. McGehee »

    4 December 2007 · 7:49 pm

    Or at the very least, be able to keep a bigger slice of what you pay.

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