Monday, 22 February 2010

www.theclassicalshop.net new look is now officially launched!

We now offer the customer a much more efficient and rewarding experience having incorporated many helpful suggestions - from you - the user.

The new site has essentially two advantages.  First, the site will be much easier to navigate.  There are lots of basic improvements: it is bigger for one thing, easier to read, with larger fonts and pictures and with more information on each page.  Free sampling of each track is much quicker now - more or less instantaneous.  Second, it will be much easier to download different formats, i.e lossless / FLAC / Mp3 etc, as the' zipping' function is available on all formats.

Perhaps the key attraction of the new site will be the availablity of high-quality audio downloads.   The site is able to offer many Chandos recordings (and some other labels) at better than CD quality 24-bit / 96 kHz 'studio masters', starting at £15.99 per album.

'Lossless' CD quality albums sell for £7.99 - £9.99 and mp3 albums between £4.80 and £7.99.  In the case of certain recordings made in surround-sound, the site will also offer Surround Sound downloads at £19.99 per album.  The quality of those will be quite extraordinary.

'Lossless' files, incidentally, provide a way of hearing music in sound quality identical to that of a CD.  The technology is especially suited to classical recordings because there is no degradation of sound; it is becoming the standard high quality download format.  The Classicalshop.net offers four formats of lossless: WMA lossless, WAV, FLAC and AIFF.  Of course, everything is still offered as High Resolution mp3, which gives as near to CD quality as possible, for those who prefer this format.

The site offers one unique touch: if you download a high quality 'studio master', you also get the recording as an mp3 and CD quality lossless file at no extra cost, which you might find useful - even if just so you can get those downloads more quickly and start listening to the music whilst the studio master downloads.  If you order a CD quality lossless file, you get the Mp3 free.  Also, all your purchased items will remain in your order history and can be downloaded as many times as you like. 

The new website will also allow the customer to rate the music using a star system, from one to five stars.  Another new feature on www.theclassicalshop.net will be a 'daily offer' of a 25% discount on a download of a full CD, which will change randomly every day.

All www.theclassicalshop.net downloads remain DRM free - often a considerable advantage to the customer (whom we are trusting not to make and circulate lots of copies). 

www.theclassicalshop.net now offers some 70 labels and currently lists approximately 350,000 tracks on site, uploading anywhere betweeen 3000 and 20,000 new tracks per months.

The site has particularly championed other independent labels whose music might otherwise not be widely available, including many interesting, one-off recordings, including artist's own recordings on the Artist Showcase section.

Labels available on TheClassicalShop.net include:

Albany, Arts, Athene, Avie, BBC PO, Brana, Centaur, Chandos Records, Collegium, Coro, CRD, Danacord, Delphian, Deux-Elles, Divine Art, Doyen, Egon, The Gift of Music, Guild, LSO Live, Mariinsky, mpLIVE, Naxos, Nimbus, Obsidian, Onyx, Pentatone, SDG, Signum, Somm, Toccata Classics, Wigmore Hall Live. 

Finally, people who subscribe to the monthly newsletter of TheClassicalShop.net, which keeps them up to date with information on the latest downloads, recording news, and other information, will also receive a free monthly download of a complete CD.

For more information, please contact:

Paul Westcott
Press Officer
Chandos Records
pwestcott@chandos.net
Mob. 07802 543 883

1 comment:

  1. I love your 24bit/96kHz downloads. I just purchased and downloaded D'Indy's Orchestral works Vol. 1. I then created a DVD-Audio disc using Cirlinca DVD-A software. I then played it on my Denon Universal player. It was excellent. More transparent and lifelike than the CD version. I just wish the cost was not so expensive. You charge £15.99 for your 24/96kHz downloads which is equal to $24.00 USD. That is very expensive compared to the price of your SACD ($20.98) here in the USA. Especial knowing that you don't have all the expense associated with printing the booklets, down converting the original 24/96kHz recording to 16/44.1kHz, making the discs, packaging them, and distributing them and for CDs. If we look at your CD’s which cost $18.98USD and compare them to your lossless downloads at £9.99 which is $15.00 USD, your lossless downloads are $4.00 less then your CDs which is the way it should be. So why are your 24/96kHz downloads $4.00 MORE than your SACD’s ($20.98) and your surround downloads $10.00 more than your SACDs ($20.98)? I’d buy a lot more 24/96kHz stereo downloads if you dropped the price to £11.99 ($18.00USD) which I think is reasonable.

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