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Submission + - Universal Offers Classical, Jazz Catalog DRM-Free ( 3

Mode_Locrian writes: Gramophone Magazine reports that Universal Classics and Jazz will be making its entire catalogue available for sale in DRM-free form. While Universal stresses that this will be a trial run, it certainly looks like a step in the right direction. Now, if only they'd offer downloads in formats other than mp3...
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Universal Offers Classical, Jazz Catalog DRM-Free

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  • Classical lovers tend to be audiophiles. Those downloading MP3s may only be previewing, and then will buy a nice CD (or SACD or audio DVD) if they find the music enjoyable. By attracting people to its MP3 store, Universal may be hoping that they will be making money twice on many items.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by sseaman (931799)
      Classical lovers don't tend to be audiophiles - audiophiles tend to be classical consumers. Pop music is recorded and mastered to be listened to on reasonably high quality equipment, but as long as the bass is up, it will sound fine. Classical music - and anything using acoustic instruments - benefits more from better equipment than most popular music, and audiophiles use classical music as a benchmark for system performance.

      Most classical lovers (music students, musicians, older listeners, people from r
  • by NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) * <ray AT beckermanlegal DOT com> on Sunday November 18, 2007 @10:16PM (#21403041) Homepage Journal
    Since when is Slashdot for providing free advertising to record companies?

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