Theclassicalshop.net, launched in 2005 by Chandos, has been re-launched today with many new features. As well as a much more stylish design, with easy access to the many labels on offer, the site has been reworked for ease of navigation.
The site offers many recordings in a variety of file-types: MP3, four lossless formats (WAV, FLAC, WMA and AIFF), but now it also provides high-quality, better-than-CD quality 24-bit 96kHz files (at the moment these are primarily restricted to Chandos recordings). If you buy a recording in “studio-master” quality you automatically get the recording as MP3 and CD-quality lossless files as well.
Pricing is focused in a number of bands: MP3 files for between £4.80 and £7.99; lossless for £7.99-£9.99 and the 24-bit files at £15.99 per album. (Certain surround-sound recordings will also be on offer at £19.99.)
All recordings offered at theclassicalshop.net are DRM free allowing ease of transfer between storage and playback devices. Some 70 labels are carried (including Albany, Arts, Athene, Avie, Brana, Centaur, Chandos, Collegium, Coro, CRD, Danacord, Delphian, DePaean, Deux-Elles, Diversions, Divine Art, Doyen, Egon, The Gift of Music, Guild, JCL, Landor, LSO Live, Mariinsky, Metier, Naxos, Nimbus, NMC, Obsidian, Onyx, Pentatone, Priory, Pristine Audio, Quartz, Saydisc, SDG, Signum, Somm, Toccata Classics, Unicorn-Kanchana and Wigmore Hall Live). Together there are approximately 350,000 tracks on offer with many thousand being added each month.
Booklets are also available for download simultaneously with the sound files. The site also promises a daily 25 per cent discount on a selected album.