Monday, November 06, 2006

Oriole Collection

There is a new online music seller, Oriole Collection, that focuses on early music, 20th century art music, contemporary art music, and experimental music. The prices are rather high for downloads compared to iTunes, about $18 for an album and $1.29 for a track. Oriole does offer some free tracks on most albums to whet our appetites, and the mp3s are not DRMed as far as I can tell. The downloads are also at high quality sample rates, at least 192 kbps. The music offered is decidedly oriented to European performers and composers. The top 10 albums offered are of Danish, French, and British performers. It is a welcome addition to the online market, especially with their more specialized offerings.

2 comments:

Skwid said...

I'll have to check this out. $1.29 for non-DRM-infected 192 kbps tracks is actually quite good...

Anonymous said...

Most of these seem to be the Danish Da Capo label. eMusic.com has over 200 of these CDs, with the tracks only a fraction of the cost from Oriole. None of eMusic's tracks are DRM'd, and most are at very high bitrates. Not to sound like a shameless booster, but eMusic is one of the best paid-MP3 sites for unusual and obscure (at least to the US) music.