Excellent (and DRM-free) news from Deutsche Grammophon

Via TechCrunch: Deutsche Grammophon will open an MP3-based online music store this week. The store will offer 24,000 albums and box sets encoded in a delectable 320 kbps (over the more standard 128-192 kbps). Six hundred of these albums are no lon…

Via TechCrunch: Deutsche Grammophon will open an MP3-based online music store this week.

The store will offer 24,000 albums and box sets encoded in a delectable 320 kbps (over the more standard 128-192 kbps). Six hundred of these albums are no longer available on CDs.

That’s truly excellent news, in particular if you consider that Deutsche Grammophon is a label that has many brilliant “historic” recordings in its portfolio — some Furtwängler, anyone? It will be interesting to see what unavailable albums this Web shop will make available again, legally.Later: The Shop indeed looks promising. Unfortunately, while Costa Rica and the Philippines are covered, customers from the smaller EU country that I live in have no chance to buy any music there. The joys of living in a smalltiny country.