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Lossless albums!!! HDTracks.com

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Has anyone read about the site? It seems they have LOSSLESS FLAC downloads completely DRM free! It doesn't seem to have mainstream music just yet, but ti seems to finally be a step in the right direction for audiophiles.

it also sends album art and linear notes in a pdf file.

HDTracks.com (article from CNet)
post #2 of 27
As I've said many times now, once you pay for music in some form, you have the right to download it. Find a "traditionally illegal" torrent site that has everything in lossless, purchase your music in whatever quality you can find for the least money, then download the lossless.

You don't need to find places that sell the lossless files.
post #3 of 27
hmm ooooorrrr I can spend about the same amount per album on amazon and get the physical cd, or goto used music store like everyday music and get it for even cheaper and in good condition. Or get it through ..other.. means.

I browsed around that site, I find it disappointing, I barely found any artist I knew, it the same feeling as emusic.
post #4 of 27
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Don't you think I know about physical CD's???

Truth is, we are moving toward all digital content. Maybe not this year, but soon. To many sites have been offering horrible quality downloads for the same price as a CD. At least now companies are realizing that we want full quality downloads. This is a STEP in the right direction if you actually read my post.
post #5 of 27
The music industry is in a sad state if we consider getting the same content through a cheaper distribution channel for the same price as a good deal. But sad as it is, we're finally seeing some progress back toward CD quality content. A step in the right direction indeed.
post #6 of 27
Chandos and Linn Records offer the same. A more comprhensive list:

Poeten.no - Her laster du ned musikk (lovlig)
post #7 of 27
Another step in the right direction. I'll stick with the used cd store for now. The quantity of great stuff I've been finding for about 50 cents on the dollar has been very high lately. But someday, CDs are likely to go away. When they do, I sure hope somebody is offering lossless files for download.

Tim
post #8 of 27
i will stick with CDs till the bitter end. I dont feel it fair to pay for digital music unless its fully in lossless for download.

MP3s are ok for the most part. However, i really enjoying having my cds. I can put it in my home stereo, my car, my MP3 player. Burn a copy and keep it in either one of those places. I pretty much burn a copy of all my cds and keep the originals in the case at home. Normally stached away to ensure it will last forever.
post #9 of 27
I think CDs are calculated to last for 20 years or so. They are not an inert medium. Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs sell gold CDs that they guarantee for life ... something like 300 years or so. So rip the CDs you like, re-burn them on a MoFi gold CD, and ditch the original. (I prefer files only, but your milage may vary.)
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by monolith View Post
As I've said many times now, once you pay for music in some form, you have the right to download it. Find a "traditionally illegal" torrent site that has everything in lossless, purchase your music in whatever quality you can find for the least money, then download the lossless.

You don't need to find places that sell the lossless files.
That sounds like a tiny bit annoying procedure.
post #11 of 27
A big thanks to the OP for posting this! I love discovering artists I haven't heard before and to be able to download lossless for those I like is a terrific bonus. And for those who like to have CDs for convenience - it is very easy to burn audio CDs from lossless files.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by deviationer View Post
I browsed around that site, I find it disappointing, I barely found any artist I knew, it the same feeling as emusic.
I saw lots of artists I know.

I like the way they're using the 'HD' moniker too - it's a good way for the general public to understand what they're offering.

Quote:
We have several formats available for fans of all types of music. If you would like genuine CD-quality sound, HDtracks offers both AIFF and FLAC lossless files. For those who wish to carry their music in a portable player, we have 320kbps files that far exceed the quality of standard MP3 files.

Finally, audiophiles take note. HDtracks will soon offer select titles in ultra-high resolution 96khz/24bit files. This is true DVD-audio sound quality for music lovers that demand the very best!
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by monolith View Post
As I've said many times now, once you pay for music in some form, you have the right to download it. Find a "traditionally illegal" torrent site that has everything in lossless, purchase your music in whatever quality you can find for the least money, then download the lossless.

You don't need to find places that sell the lossless files.
Indeed, you have said this many times recently, and it's about time someone called you on it. I very much doubt that any court would agree with your assertion.

What legal authority or analysis can you point to that supports your conclusion? When you say someone has a "right" to download a file, you appear to be suggesting that such a right is guaranteed by law and that no other law restricts or prohibits that activity. Head-fiers live in many different countries, however, and I notice that your profile says you are in Canada. Are you opining on the Canadian legal system, or some other? In order to avoid misleading readers, it would be useful to clarify.

More generally, are you purporting to offer legal advice? What are your qualifications for doing so? Are you a member of the bar? Of what jurisdiction? If so, I suspect that you know that offering legal advice offered over a medium such as the internet is asking for trouble. If not, why should we believe your bare assertion concerning a legal conclusion?
post #14 of 27
For those who say that they'll stick with CDs for now, these are lossless, so you can burn them to a CDR for backup.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by monolith View Post
As I've said many times now, once you pay for music in some form, you have the right to download it. Find a "traditionally illegal" torrent site that has everything in lossless, purchase your music in whatever quality you can find for the least money, then download the lossless.

You don't need to find places that sell the lossless files.
Depends on which country you live in. However, when you participate in torrents, you also upload, which is illegal regardless, for most copyrighted material. (Note that there exist perfectly legal torrents, though. See my link to that list further up the thread.)
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