décembre 1, 2007
Amazon does not let you buy DRM-free MP3s off their web site if you live in Europe, so no Steve Adey for me.
Deutsche Gramophon just opened their own perfect little shop on the web, though, and they do allow lowly Europeans to get their fill of classical music, DRM-free and ripped to a decent 320. The only peeve I have is that I am more of an Ogg guy: MP3s, at that rate, tend to sound just as good but are way larger, but that’s OK.
Albums are cheap, too, with old issues priced around EUR10. I finally got my hands back on Levine’s Carmina Burana, which I had on tape 20 years ago and hadn’t been able to purchase on CD. I don’t think it was truly OOP, it’s just that I hadn’t been able to track it down again. Well, I can hear Anderson’s voice in all her crystalline beauty back again!
This has to work. There is no other way for the music business. Will the pirates respect that and not flood P2P sites with DG’s back catalog? In the case of classical music, yes, I believe it should work. For rock, I remain skeptical.