There are 3 different download quality levels available to choose from. They are all DRM-free. We recommend you download the highest quality available in order to get the most enjoyment out of your music.
Linn makes download files available in three quality levels, MP3 (good), CD Quality (better) and Studio Master quality (best). You should select the level you require based on the sound quality you desire. Do remember though, the better the sound quality the larger the download file size. The various file types are discussed in greater depth here. If you are an advanced user you can also read a lot more about our downloads by clicking on the "download" tab at the top of the page.
Studio Master. We offer 2 formats: lossless WMA and FLAC, both at various high bit rates (check each title for actual details). WMA is suitable primarily for use on a PC. FLAC can be used on any system. Studio Master downloads are offered for those who desire the best sound possible. The quality is identical to that of an SACD. The format will be dependent on the actual recording method we used originally. No DSD files are offered as it is not possible to play them back on a PC so an equivalent PCM format is offered. These files offer true "studio quality" and are what was used by Linn to produce the production version of our CD releases. Be sure to check compatibility with your PC sound card etc before you download a file and note that large amounts of storage space are required for each track.
WMA lossless files can be imported and used directly in most PC audio programs including Windows Media Player and iTunes. iTunes will convert the files to AIFF.
FLAC files can be imported into may media players, but unfortunately Microsoft does not yet support high bit-rate Flac, so these files will not play in Windows Media Player. There are many other Flac players available such as Media Monkey.
Mac Users should choose the FLAC format. These files can be played on a Mac, using a variety of players such as SongBird and VLC,
but for use in iTunes will have to converted into another format such
as Apple Lossless (ALAC). A simple, and free, program called XLD can be used to do this.
If absolute sound quality is what you want then this file is best for you. Please note; these files are too large to burn on to a CD, so if you wish to back them up, you will need to burn them on to a DVD. You will not be able to play these files in your CD player. They can however be enjoyed on your digital media receiver or in windows media player.
The 2 formats we offer are lossless WMA and FLAC.
WMA lossless format allows us to compress the music in a lossless manner ensuring that you get all the benefit of a full bandwidth audio performance, but with a file size that is around half that of a normal CD. This file type is suitable primarily for use on a PC. FLAC is also losslessly compressed without any loss in quality.
WMA files can be imported and used directly in most PC audio programs including Windows Media Player and iTunes.
FLAC files can be imported and played on a variety of media players. To play these files in Windows Media Player you first need to download a filter such as the one at Illiminable.
Mac Users should choose the FLAC format. These files can be played on a Mac, using a variety of players such as SongBird and VLC, but for use in iTunes will have to converted into another format such as Apple Lossless (ALAC). A simple, and free, program called XLD can be used to do this.
MP3. This file type should work with all computer types including PC, Mac and Linux. This is similar to what most other download sites refer to as "CD" quality. In fact, what they normally mean is that the file is digital, most other compressed music delivery sites deliver very poor audio quality. The audio that we offer is compressed but only to the point that sound quality doesn't suffer unduly. If the download speed of your internet connection is a concern then this file is best for you. This type of download file is the only one to consider if you have dial up, the others are much too large to download over a dial up connection.
The quality level you select will automtically be selected for all future downloads. If you have selected a quality level which is not currently available for a particular album/track it will default to the next best quality level.
You can update your preference at any time. You can also amend the quality level of any track or album you purchase at the checkout.