Choosing a Download

If you are new to downloading from linnrecords.com and are unsure which download is best for you then follow this simple step by step guide to find your ideal choice.

If you can play Studio Master downloads we absolutely recommend you choose this option as the sound is phenomenal.  Over 90% of our customers have made Studio Master their download of choice.



Quickfind: iTunes, iPod, PC, Mac, DS Player



Keywords explained: MP3, Studio Master, CD quality, FLAC, ALAC



1. Are you going to play this download on your Linn DS Player?

Yes: You can choose either Studio Master FLAC or Studio Master ALAC as the Linn DS Players can play both.  

No: Go to question 2.



2. Are you going to play this download on your iPod?

Yes: Choose CD quality ALAC for easy importing into iTunes and compatibility with iPods.

No: Go to question 3.



3. Are you going to play this download via iTunes?

Yes: If you have a 24-bit soundcard in your computer you can choose Studio Master ALAC for easy importing into iTunes.  If you do not have a 24-bit soundcard you can choose CD Quality ALAC.

No: Go to question 4.



4. Are you going to play this download on your PC?

Yes: If you have a 24-bit soundcard in your computer you can choose Studio Master FLAC which can be played in many media players (such as Songbird) or converted to WMA so you can play via Windows Media Player.  If you do not have a 24-bit soundcard you can choose CD quality FLAC.

No: Go to question 5.



5. Are you going to play this download on your Mac?

Yes: If you have a 24-bit soundcard in your computer you can choose Studio Master ALAC which can be played in many media players (such as iTunes).  If you do not have a 24-bit soundcard you can choose CD quality ALAC.

No: If you have a question about which download is best for you please email us.



Keywords explained:



MP3

MP3 is what most people associate with downloading as it is the most widely available format and favoured by iTunes.  Linn (and the majority of our customers) prefer digital formats which offer a much, much better experience for the listener such as Studio Master and CD quality. 



Studio Master

Studio Master is the best quality digital format available.  It is the master recording straight from the studio and has not been squashed down like MP3s and CDs.  The result is music which has all the detail and dynamic range of the original recording.  You do need a 24-bit soundcard to play these downloads or your computer will automatically downconvert them to a lesser quality.  They come in two file types ALAC and FLAC.  Read more about Studio Master.



CD quality

CD quality downloads are a great choice if you do not have a 24-bit soundcard.  They are compatible with all computers, can be burnt onto a CD and can be played on your iPod.  Of course they do not have the top quality sound a Studio Master offers but are a great alternative and a vast step up in quality from MP3.  They come in two file types ALAC and FLAC.



FLAC

FLAC is our most popular file type as it can be played on all computers.  It can be converted to other file types if they are required for your player and can be played via Songbird and Linn DS Players.



ALAC

ALAC is the best choice for Apple users; whether you play your music in iTunes, on your iPod or on your Mac, ALAC will suit your needs.