Deutsche Grammaphon. Ever heard of it? Doesn’t matter if you have or not. It’s owned by Universal Music and has decided to build its own classical music download site, where the MP3s are DRM-free and encoded at 320kbps. Single tracks run for $1.29 unless they’re over 7-minutes long, in which case they cost $1.99. That’s a slight departure from how classical music is offered on iTunes or Amazon where a track is a track, no matter the length. Still, the across-the-board DRM-lessness is nice and classical music aficionados might appreciate that higher bitrate.
Roll over, Beethoven: Deutsche Grammophon ditches DRM [Ars Technica]