NEWS: Deutsche Grammophon puts classical musical library online without DRM

Classical music lovers can now download much of Deutsche Grammophon's back catalogue from the company's website without any form of digital rights management – and at a high-quality bit-rate of 320kbps.

There are around 2500 titles available, and all are DRM-free so they can be played on any type of MP3 player.

Prices range from around $1 for a seven-minute track to $10 for a complete album.

The move apparently took many of DG's artists by surprise, as they were not told in advance that their music was going to be downloadable.

DG hopes the initiative will rekindle demand for classical music. In the US, one in seven classical albums is now sold by download.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.