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Mixedup
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CD-quality downloads for refernce material new
      #815470 - 28/02/10 03:00 PM
Does anyone know where I'm able to download uncompressed 16-bit 44.1kHz WAV versions of commercial tracks on a pay-per-track basis, as you would with iTunes? (Last time I checked iTunes, you still had to get the compressed version.)

I want to purchase tracks to use on a reference CD. Nowhere seems to sell CD singles any more, and it seems a waste to buy a whole album just for a single track.

Any recommendations appreciated...


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Re: CD-quality downloads for refernce material new [Re: Mixedup]
      #815477 - 28/02/10 03:47 PM
I'd love to know too. In the meantime, this is essential:

http://tech.ebu.ch/publications/sqamcd

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Re: CD-quality downloads for refernce material new [Re: Mixedup]
      #815478 - 28/02/10 03:50 PM
I think http://boomkat.com/ offer flac - and that's the nearest you're going to get to uncompressed. Otherwise I don't know of anyone, except maybe artists' own sites (and I still don't know of any) that offer CD quality as downloads;data transfer rates simply aren't fast enough to justify it, the market for it would be tiny.

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Re: CD-quality downloads for refernce material new [Re: tomafd]
      #815479 - 28/02/10 03:54 PM
Thanks all.

Quote tomafd:

data transfer rates simply aren't fast enough to justify it, the market for it would be tiny.




Not sure about that! It takes no time at all to download a 16/44 pop song at 3 - 3.5 minutes. For an album, maybe...


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Tomás Mulcahy
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Re: CD-quality downloads for refernce material new [Re: Mixedup]
      #815527 - 28/02/10 08:12 PM
Apple need to add Apple Lossless to the iTunes store ASAP.

The download speed argument doesn't make much sense, given that people are happily downloading feature films and streaming TV series. Audio is trivial by comparison.

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Re: CD-quality downloads for refernce material new [Re: Mixedup]
      #815642 - 01/03/10 08:50 AM
Beatport offer an option to get uncompressed .wav files. Costs more, and the downloads are much bigger ... but you would expect that, wouldn't you ?

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Re: CD-quality downloads for refernce material [Re: Mixedup]
      #815647 - 01/03/10 09:11 AM
Linn now offer 24 bit downloads (called Studio Master Downloads), but of niche stuff; seems to be mainly orchestral or jazz, although there is a William Orbit album on there.

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