The digital music revolution transformed our listening habits, but its new-found convenience came at a price: lower resolution, reduced sound quality and lossy compression.

But this is no longer the case, with the emergence of the first cluster of online services that provide lossless streaming/downloads – including Primephonic, one of the latest additions to the market.

Primephonic is the high-resolution classical music download store that had a soft launch at the end of last year, but is truly up and running now, offering albums in WAV, FLAC and DSD formats (the latter two in both stereo and multi-channel files).

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The new service now sits alongside the likes of Tidal and Qobuz as far as lossless music is concerned, with classical albums available to download in the UK at prices starting from £9.50.

According to a Primephonic spokesperson, the aim of the service is to offer a "dedicated classical music platform, with a large catalogue that covers every genre and period".

The library contains music from both major labels and small independent labels, while "extensive background information, covering every classical music topic" will also be provided.

"Taking it even further," added the spokesperson, "Primephonic is going to be an interactive meeting place, with a full blown user profile system and an interactive platform interface."

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Graham Luke's picture

The Classical Shop

I welcome this new provider to the market.

For the last few years I have been buying lossless downloads from the The Classical Shop. Based originally on the Chandos catalogue, it has hugely expanded to include hudreds of labels. 

There would still seem to be many of us that prefer to own rather than stream.