If you regularly purchase high resolution music downloads, where do you prefer to buy it and why?
I’m struggling to find places to purchase high resolution album downloads at (what I feel) is a fair price and I’d really like to know where other music fans go for their high resolution download purchases.
I prefer Bandcamp, which I think provides the best deal for the music fan as well as the artist, but unfortunately the catalogue is very limited. From the buyer’s perspective, they’re charged the same price for a track or album no matter what their preferred format or resolution, which is how I believe it should be.
Have you tried Acoustic Sounds’ Super HiRez?
As for pricing, my understanding is that it is pretty much fixed (i.e. you should see everyone selling it for the same price).
Qobuz’s Sublime pricing tier presents an interesting option because you get streaming and significant discounts on hi-res downloads.
Aaron, no I didn’t know about Acoustic Sounds. I don’t know how much difference the exchange rate makes, but on the face of it they look pretty reasonable – certainly more palatable than HD Tracks’ eye watering prices. Thanks 🙂
I’ve bought hirez albums from quite a few places and in general the quality has been very good, the prices however vary a great deal.
I recently signed up with the beta US Qubuz for hirez streaming and am still exploring their catalog but what I’ve listened to so far is very good. I suspect the number of downloads I’ll purchase in the future will drop as a result. I haven’t purchased any of their downloads yet but their prices appear to be pretty good.
Bandcamp is a great place to discover new music & artists. Their prices are very reasonable, however I believe their resolution tops out at cd quality.
Acoustic Sounds is very good for hirez, they frequently have more information about the mastering of the recordings available than HDTracks. I believe both Acoustic Sounds & HDTracks are getting their files from the same sources though. I’ve run across the same album, same resolution being cheaper at Acoustic Sounds than at HDTracks.
HDTracks I think still has the largest collection of hirez albums available in the US. Despite some earlier problems I think at this time HDTracks is a pretty good source. I’d suggest waiting for one of their frequent sales though.
Live Downloads through nugs is great for hirez live shows by the artists/bands who sell through them. They rarely do sales, except for a big one at Black Friday. Most of the hirez is 24/48 with some 24/96, 24/192 & dsd. For complete live shows, the equivalent of three cd’s, I think their prices are pretty good.
I’ve bought quite a few albums from David Grisman’s Acoustic Oasis, their is a hidef section and the mastering is excellent, they are all 24/96. The number of recordings is fairly limited, typically folks who’ve worked with Dawg, but the prices are quite reasonable.
I have a couple of albums from Blue Coast Music, the quality is exceptional but their prices are a bit high. I believe much of their catalog is mastered in house and they have quite a few direct to dsd recordings.
I’ve bought a few albums from 7digital US. Their cd/hirez files are fairly limited but they do have quite a few older rock albums I haven’t seen elsewhere. I’ve also bought a few albums from High Definition Tape Transfers, they specialize in older classical & jazz. Their quality can vary a bit as they are transfers/remasters from tape that may or may not have been a master.
Thank you everyone for your helpful replies – there are certainly a few sites I need to check out 🙂
In response to Mario, Bandcamp does indeed support high res audio, but it depends entirely on what the artist or label provides. They don’t seem to flag up music that’s available in high res, so you’ll only find out after you purchase – but then it’s the same price, so it’s a nice surprise when it turns out to be high res. I found this out by accident when I purchased an album a couple of days ago, which is what prompted this post.