Download quality and file type


This section will help you decide which download quality and file type is best for you.  We recommend you download our free testfiles to help you decide which is best for your needs and most compatible with your computer.

You will find different download choices on this site - Studio Master FLAC/ALAC, CD quality FLAC/ALAC and MP3

Both ALAC and FLAC are open formats so if you wish to convert them to a different format you can do so.  All players should be able to play MP3 files.

If you are intending to play your downloads through a Linn DS digital music player, you can play all the file formats on offer so which you choose is up to you!

Studio Master FLAC/ALAC

If absolute sound quality is what you want then this file is best for you.

Studio Master files are lossless at various high sample rates, for example, 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz and 192KHz (check each title for actual details).  The format will be dependent on the actual recording method we used originally. These files offer true studio quality and are far higher in quality than can be achieved on CD.

Where a 192KHz Studio Master is offered, this is the true recording master.  Because the majority of soundcards and some media players are only capable of playing back at sample rates of up to 96KHz, we also make a 96KHz Studio Master available for these albums so all customers can still enjoy the benefits of hi-res sound.

Please note also that the 192KHz files are approximately twice the size of a 96KHz Studio Master and may consequently take up to twice as long to download. 

FLAC/ALAC files can be imported into many media players, such as any Linn DS digital music player.  All the Linn DS players are fully 192KHz compatible and will be able to play these files as easily as the 88.2KHz Studio Masters.

There are many other players available: iTunes supports ALAC and Songbird, Media Monkey and Foobar support FLAC.  Microsoft does not yet support high bit-rate FLAC/ALAC, so you will need to convert the files if you wish to use Windows Media Player.  There is free conversion software available on the web.

Before making any download purchase is very important to check using the TEST FILES to see whether your system is compatible.



 

CD Quality FLAC/ALAC

If CD sound quality is what you want then this file is best for you.  

FLAC/ALAC are lossless formats which allow 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.

FLAC/ALAC files can be imported and played on a variety of media players, such as any Linn DS digital music player.  There are many other players available: iTunes supports ALAC and Songbird, Media Monkey and Foobar support FLAC.  Microsoft does not yet support high bit-rate FLAC/ALAC, so you will need to convert the files if you wish to use Windows Media Player.  There is free conversion software available on the web.

Before making any download purchase is very important to check using the TEST FILES to see whether your system is compatible.

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 (320kbps compared to other sites which are 128kbps).

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.