List of lossless and high-res music (FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD, DXD etc.) download sites

  1. Currawong
    People regularly ask about where to buy CD quality or hi-res downloads (legitimately!) so here is a list of sites I know of. Please post a comment if there are any I've missed. Note that they must have music available in a lossless or high-res format available.

    Format guide:
    1. CD Quality = 16 bit, 44.1 kHz PCM.
    2. Hi-res = Any of 24 bit; 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192 kHz PCM.
    3. DSD = Direct Stream Digital ie: SACD-type files that requires special playback software that can convert the files to PCM on playback or a DAC that can receive the DSD data unchanged. DSD64 = 2.8 MHz. Dual-rate DSD = DSD128 = 5.6 MHz. Quad-rate DSD = DSD256 = 11.2 Mhz.
    4. DXD = Digital eXtreme Definition - 24 bit 352.8 kHz PCM. Requires a DAC that can receive and decode 384 kHz PCM over USB. Usually only used in recording music that will be distributed as both DSD and Hi-res.
    5. 5.1 = Dolby Surround Sound multi-channel.

    Commercial sites:

    Acousense
    Genres:
    Formats: Hi-res
    Notes: Site only sells physical media (including hi-res files). See Linn Records or HIGHRESAUDIO for their download catalogue.

    bandcamp.com
    Genres: wide variety of self-publishing musicians
    Formats: Bandcamp.com supports almost all digital formats, ranging from CD-quality and hi-res lossless FLAC, ALAC, WAV, and AIFF to lossy MP3, OGG, and WMA. Limitations may depend on the particular artist selling through the site.

    Blue Coast Records
    Genres:
    Formats:
    CD Quality, Hi-res, DSD
    Notes: Sister site of Downloads Now!

    Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound
    Genres: Classical, Rock, Pop.
    Formats: Hi-res, CD Quality
    Notes: Subscription service offers 2 albums a month. Product registrants get 3 months free. Trial available.

    Cardas
    Genres
    : Jazz, vocals and others.
    Formats: Hi-res
    Notes: Most are on CDs or thumb drives with a handful of downloads.

    Cedille Records
    Genres: Classical, Vocals, contemporary.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes: CD Quality only available as MP3.

    Downloads NOW!
    Genres: Various
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res, DSD
    Notes: Consists of a number of "micro stores" from various artists.

    e-onkyo music
    Genres
    : Pop, Rock, Classical, Jazz, J-Pop
    Formats: Hi-res, DSD, DXD
    Notes: Japanese language-only site. May not sell outside of Japan geo-identified IP addresses. Nice selection of 192/24 hi-res rock and pop titles not yet available in the US.

    Flacme.com
    Genres: various
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res
    This is a search engine that will point you at a source of hi-res downloads if available

    gubemusic.com
    Genres: eclectic
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res

    Hifitrack
    Genres: Asian artists mostly.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.

    High Definition Tape Transfers
    Genres: Classical, Vocal.
    Formats: Hi-res, HQCD (High Quality CD physical media), DSD, DXD.

    Hi-Res Music
    Genres: Various
    Formats: DVD-A remasters (physical media only).

    HIGHRESAUDIO
    Genres: Not listed.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res, DSD.
    Notes: Hi-res up to DXD. May not work in all countries.

    HDTracks
    Genres: Blues, Country & Bluegrass, R&B, Gospel & Religious, Classical, Pop, Electronic, New Age, Soundtrack, Historical, Industrial, Contemporary Cristian, World, Rock, Jazz, Holiday, Latin, Reggae, Hip Hop/Rap, Folk, Children's, Indie, Fusion and others.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes: One of the most well-known sites for hi-res downloads. Has a lot of re-mastered popular artists and famous albums.

    iTrax
    Genres
    : Acoustic, blues, rock, jazz, classical, country/folk, electric/instrumental, vocal, world, crossover, R&B.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res, 5.1
    Notes:

    Linn Records
    Genres: Classical, jazz
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes: Huge collection as well as physical media.

    Magnatune
    Genres: Classical, New Age, Electronica, World, Ambient, Jazz, Hip Hop, Alt Rock, Electro Rock, Hard Rock.
    Formats: CD Quality
    Notes: Unlimited download subscription service.

    MA Recordings
    Genres
    : Classical and country-specific.
    Formats: Hi-res.
    Notes: DVDs with hi-res audio files only.

    Nativedsd.com
    Genres: Jazz, Classical, New Age, Acoustic, Various others
    Formats: DSD64/128/265 as well as DXD

    Naim Label
    Genres
    : Classical, jazz, contemporary.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes:

    Reel to Reel
    Genres
    : Classical, jazz, vocals.
    Formats: CD Quality
    Notes: $10 Annual subscription service. Members' area is not updated regularly and many files are WMV movies, but worth it for their direct-from-tape recordings.

    Reference Recordings
    Genres: Classical, jazz, vocals, test disks.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res
    Notes: No downloads. Audio CDs and DVDs with hi-res files only.

    Qobuz
    Genres: Classical, jazz, country, pop, rock, French music, soul, funk, rap, electro, world, soundtrack, children, diction.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes: French site. Does not currently allow sales to US geo-identified IP addresses.

    Sound Liaison
    Genres: Classical, vocals and other acoustic.
    Formats: DXD, DSD and lower.
    Notes: Free sample in all formats from CD Quality up to 256 DSD and DXD.

    2L
    (See menu top-right for the listings on Klicktrack.com)
    Genres: Classical (Norwegian artists)
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.

    Classical music only:

    Chandos Labels
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes: The Chandos site sells physical media and downloads are available from The Classical Shop (see next link).

    Channel Classics Records
    Genres: Covers all classical genres including vocal/opera, baroque and chamber.
    Formats: DSD, CD and higher res quality FLAC, MP3, and a variety of physical media including CD and SACD
    Notes: Quality formats are in 4 main types - MP3, CD (44.1/16 or 44.1/24), Studio Master (96/24) and Studio Master HD (192/24)

    Dacapo Records
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.

    Deutsche Grammophon
    Genres
    : Mostly classical, with a some jazz and other recordings.
    Formats: CD quality FLAC, 320kbit MP3, and a variety of physical media.

    eClassical
    Formats
    : CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes: Download, CD and SACD.

    Gimell
    Tallis Scholars' Renaissance music.
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes: Also available from Linn Records. Their reproductions of Renaissance music are thoroughly researched and excellent.

    Hyperian Records
    Formats
    : CD quality, Hi-res.
    Notes:

    The Classical Shop
    Formats
    : CD Quality, Hi-res.
    Notes:

    Presto Classical
    Genres
    : Covers all classical genres including vocal/opera, baroque and chamber.
    Notes: MP3s, FLACs (assorted quality), and CDs.

    Pristine Classical
    Genres
    : Mostly dedicated to out-of-print vinyl-to-digital classical remasters using XR Remastering; some jazz and blues titles following the same XR Remastering process.
    Formats: High-quality MP3s, FLACs (mostly CD quality, some hi-res quality), and CDs.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Notes: Available through HDTracks.

    Free track downloads:

    Archive.org
    Genres
    : Various
    Formats: CD Quality
    Notes: Has a huge live music archive that is very worth exploring.

    Bravura Records
    Genres
    : Christmas (others later).
    Formats: CD Quality (Hi-res in the future)
    Notes: Direct studio recordings.

    Blue Coast Records
    Genres:
    Formats:
    CD Quality, Hi-res, DSD
    Notes: Whilst primarily a commercial site,Blue Coast also has a free download section that can be accessed here

    LessLoss
    Genres: Classical and percussion.
    Formats: 24 bit 96 kHz or 16 bit 44.1 kHz (CD Quality).

    2L
    Genres
    : Classical (Norwegian artists)
    Formats: CD Quality, Hi-res, DSD, DXD




    Credit to Jazzfan, ManAtWork, opus111 and Brooko who previously added info to other articles with some of these links.

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  1. taffy2207
  2. cosmonought
    very useful
  3. thatguyuphigh
    Added www.nativedsd.com because I have yet to be disappointed with any recording I have purchased from there. Extremely satisfied with the quality from that site!
  4. John2e
  5. LusJoseZ
    The 16 bit ones are as good as the 24 bit, read an article about it, there's no audible difference, i have led zeppelin's discography CD ripped, and can't tell the difference from the 24bit ones.
  6. Starchild1
    Ponomusic has the best selection of jazza and blues that I've seen with good prices as well.  I've stopped shopping on HD tracks.  Check it out!
    https://www.ponomusic.com/
  7. Muddysmind
  8. bms44974
  9. tailspn
    nativedsd.com
    Multi label co-op site of native DSD recorded albums. Also Just Listen label of free advanced DSD recorded samples.
  10. swab