HDtracks

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HDtracks
HDtracks logo.png
OpenedMarch 2008; 6 years ago (2008-03)
Pricing model$17–$30 (typical album), individual tracks available in some cases
PlatformsMac OS X, MS Windows
FormatFLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF
RestrictionsUnrestricted
CatalogueDiverse genres, including Classical, Jazz, and Rock.
PreviewYes
StreamingNo
Features
  • Browse, search catalogue
  • Cover art
  • Liner notes
Websitehdtracks.com
 
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HDtracks
HDtracks logo.png
OpenedMarch 2008; 6 years ago (2008-03)
Pricing model$17–$30 (typical album), individual tracks available in some cases
PlatformsMac OS X, MS Windows
FormatFLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF
RestrictionsUnrestricted
CatalogueDiverse genres, including Classical, Jazz, and Rock.
PreviewYes
StreamingNo
Features
  • Browse, search catalogue
  • Cover art
  • Liner notes
Websitehdtracks.com

HDtracks is a high resolution digital music store offering DRM-free music in multiple formats as well as cover art (and liner notes via PDF file downloads for a majority of catalog offerings) with Audio CD-quality and high definition audio master recording quality download selections.[1]

Origins and expansion[edit]

The company was privately founded by David and Norman Chesky of the audiophile recording company Chesky Records, and is based in New York, NY.[2] The service was launched on March 21, 2008, initially offering only CD-quality 44.1khz audio files in AIFF format from a small offering of independent record labels, including audiophile record company catalogs from Chesky Records, Reference Recordings, 2L, and blues labels like Alligator Records.[3] Shortly after its initial launch, HDtracks began offering higher sample and bit rate recordings such as 96 kHz/24bit, 192 kHz/24bit and other higher resolution than CD sound files with a focus on jazz, classical music, adult-oriented rock, and historic recordings targeting adult consumers looking for an alternative to lesser-quality compressed mp3 files.

Timeline[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Ultimate Digital Music Guide: The Best Way to Store, Organize, and Play Digital Music". InformIT. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Part I: Build It and They Will Come? - The Accelerators - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Chesky Launches High-Resolution Download Store". Stereophile.com. 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  4. ^ "HDtracks Opens Its Hi-Res Store". Emusician.com. 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  5. ^ "HDtracks is Proud to Present the Concord Music Group". News.allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  6. ^ "HDtracks.com Puts The Verve Music Group's Classic Jazz Session Ella and Louis in High Definition". Jazzcorner.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  7. ^ "Verve Music Group Takes Digital Sound Quality to the Next Level « Music Rewind". Musicrewind.wordpress.com. 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  8. ^ "SoundStage! Xperience | SoundStageXperience.com | Looking for the Ultimate Source: Part Two". SoundStageXperience.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  9. ^ "HDTracks + ABKCO Release Hi-Rez Downloads of The Rolling Stones". Stereophile.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  10. ^ By Mark Milian. "Satisfaction! Rolling Stones selling HD catalog online". CNN.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  11. ^ "With HDtracks, Master Quality Music Downloads Now Easily Experienced by the Masses". Reuters. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  12. ^ "HDtracks - We appreciate everyone's enthusiasm to be one...". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-04-22.