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DRM-Free Classical Music Downloads... Even to iPod

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Janos Gereben <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 17 Sep 2008 18:53:43 -0700

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Excuse the commercial-sounding post - in truth, this is a press release
from Passionato, and I didn't bother to rewrite it.  The only compensation
I received was the package of 10 free downloads, which every new member
receives...:)

  Passionato debuts world's largest collection of high-quality
  DRM-free classical music downloads

     http://www.passionato.com/

  Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 09:10 AM EDT

  Passionato launches today, giving classical music lovers
  the opportunity to browse, sample and download single tracks,
  works or albums from its catalogue of classical music
  recordings. Tracks are available from its store in superior
  audio quality (320kbps MP3 or lossless FLAC). All of the
  music is DRM-free, which allows music purchased on Passionato
  to be transferred to any computer or portable audio player
  - including Apple's market-dominating iPod - and burned to
  CD without any restrictions.

  Post-launch Passionato will continue to sign-up more
  independent labels, and to add new releases from the key
  major and independent labels on a weekly basis.

  Passionato is free to join, with no subscription and with
  highly competitive, flexible pricing according to whether
  users download tracks, works or albums. Users will be able
  to download free beta software - the Player - which allows
  them to organise all the music they download alongside any
  music they import (rip) from their classical CD collections.
  Passionato's extensive recording information (metadata)
  means the Player can identify any classical CD a user imports
  by matching it with Passionato's own database, providing
  instant information on, for example, composer, date of
  recording, record label, recording location, recording
  producer, recording engineer and period.

  Passionato's Store allows users to listen to samples of up
  to 60 seconds of every track in its catalogue, and to browse
  by composer (subdivided by period, e.g.  Baroque, Renaissance
  or Romantic, or by nationality), by artist (subdivided by
  voice, e.g.  mezzo-soprano or baritone, or by nationality)
  and by record label.

  In this way, users can roam Passionato's store freely,
  discovering new recordings without having to pay a penny.
  The Passionato Store also features the Passionato team's
  own expert recommendations on highly rated works, thousands
  of reviews from national media and specialist music
  publications, and a regularly updated chart. Users can rate
  works using the Player, an easy method of sorting favourite
  pieces.

  Passionato also encourages musical debate amongst classical
  music lovers within its dedicated Community section. The
  forums provide a place for quick-fire debate on a wide range
  of topics.

  In the spirit of discovering and sharing classical music,
  Passionato includes a number of Web 2.0 features. Users can
  post links to their favourite classical albums on 34 of the
  most popular online social networks, including Facebook and
  MySpace, directing friends to the Passionato Store where
  they can hear free audio samples. Users can also send
  personal recommendations/links to their friends directly
  via email via the 'Send to a Friend' function, and bookmark
  their favourites using sites such as Del.icio.u.s.

  To coincide with Passionato's launch, everyone who registers
  at passionato.com can claim 10 free pre-selected tracks,
  one of which is which is an entire 30-minute work (current
  pre-selected work is Saint- Saens' Symphony No.3).

  James Glicker, Founder and CEO of Passionato, carried out
  the preliminary research for Passionato while living in the
  US after he finished a two-year term as President of the
  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. James's twenty years in the
  music industry include positions as Head of Worldwide
  Marketing at BMG Classics, Managing Director of BMG Australia
  and President of MusicNow.

  "I'm an avid consumer of classical music myself and, having
  worked in the industry for twenty years, I am aware of how
  technology and the internet are becoming increasingly a
  part of how people access, consume and share knowledge about
  classical music. Passionato is delighted to have the
  cooperation of the largest majors and we will over the next
  six months and beyond be signing up even more labels - all
  with the ultimate goal of presenting people who love classical
  music with an easy and cost effective way of organising and
  expanding their music collections," Glicker said in the
  press release

  The UK recorded music industry association, the BPI, adds:
  "Digital distribution already offers great choice as to how
  music fans can access and enjoy music online, and its
  potential is even greater. We expect the new Passionato
  service will greatly enhance the digital music offering for
  classical music aficionados and we warmly welcome innovation
  of this type in music retail."

Janos Gereben
www.sfcv.org
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