Friday, May 08, 2009

The explosion in classical music digital downloading

Here's a fascinating article from the Wall Street Journal that focuses on one man's new enterprise but also surveys the general scene regarding availability of classical music on the internet versus compact disc purchasing (which is declining precipitously, as you're no doubt already aware). Once the availability of lossless audio the specs for which are indistinguishable from compact discs (or, eventually, SACD and DVD-Audio) becomes commonplace in the downloading environment, look for CDs to become audiophile/fanatic-only items, as SACD and DVD-Audio always have been.