HDtracks Launches DRM-Free HD Music Downloads
Announcing the Launch of HDtracks.com, The Web’s
Premier High Resolution Music Store Created by renowned audio pioneers David
and Norman Chesky, HDtracks.com is the world's first high resolution digital
music site offering DRM-free music in multiple formats, as well as cover art
and complete liner notes.
"High quality recordings have been my life's
passion, and I wanted to create a digital music site that music lovers would
enjoy. With HDtracks you truly get the same level of quality that you receive
when buying a CD from a traditional record store," says three-time Grammy
nominated composer and producer David Chesky.
HDtracks offers the highest
quality file formats for any platform or media player. Consumers can choose the
file type that best suits their needs: AIFF, FLAC (both CD quality), or 320
kbps MP3. In the near future, select titles will be offered as DVD-Audio
quality 96/24 FLAC files.
The HDtracks catalog is comprised of many of the
finest independent labels in the world, such as the audiophile-oriented
Reference Recordings and Chesky Records, David Byrne’s eclectic world music
label Luaka Bop, and avant-garde imprints such as Mode Records and John Zorn’s
Tzadik. Other genres such as indie rock (Bar None, Daemon), jazz (Sunnyside,
Evidence), and blues (Alligator, Blind Pig) are well-represented, with more
content added to the site daily. Moreover, a freshly-inked deal with The
Orchard, a leading global digital music distribution and marketing company,
guarantees that the HDtracks catalog will continue to grow exponentially.
Additionally, HDtracks offers comprehensive editorial content, with complete
liner note scans offered with every album purchase. "If I buy a Stravinsky
or McCoy Tyner recording, I want to know who is playing, where it was recorded,
as well as any other behind the scenes information I can get,” says David
HDtracks customers can browse full artist biographies, album descriptions, reviews, and label affiliations, resulting in a more informative way to buy and enjoy music online. “HDtracks is a site made by music lovers for music lovers,” remarks David Chesky. “We are not a computer company. It is our desire for technology to serve the music, not the other way around.”
It is what it is: pure music, the sound is untouched in feel and carefully selected.
I'd love to see something like this flourish as I'm sure many hi-res music fans here would as well. When they actually offer the "HD Music Downloads", then I'll be interested. Until then, they're just another "me too"... -TD