Monday, 30 January 2012

Magnatune dot com

I like Magnatune. They are an independent record label, releasing music across a broad specturm of styles. You can find their website here.   I got one of their emails this morning alerting me to a new web-based music player that plays their catalogue.  It's excellent, a good piece of programming.  This link takes you to a Jazz/Tango album that I partularly like.

I have always found the quality of their recordings and musicianship to be exceptional.  And if you take out a subscription, the ads disappear, you can stream the music at will from their website, and/or download "all you can eat" in the highest quality formats available.  The player below is a bit ordinary in style but it will show you what I mean.


the fly in the web said...

I'm not sure I've understood this.
Do I pay 15 dollars a month and get free downloads..or do I pay 15 dollars a month and then pay a license fee in addition?
Purely non commercial use, that is.

Mark In Mayenne said...

Apologies for the lack of clarity fly. 15 dollars a month gives you the right to downloads of any and all of the albums and the right to stream them to your PC without adverts.

If you choose the free service you can stream but not download, and you get adverts on top.

the fly in the web said...

Thanks you for the explanation...I found the website explanation nowhere near so clear as yours!

Mark said...

It's a bold idea for a label to provide an 'all you can eat / download' pricing module.

Sound interesting

Mark In Mayenne said...

Yes, Mark. I have a sub to Spotify (where you can also find some Magnatune albums)so for $5 a month I can get "all you can eat" from there. This competes strongly with Magnatune, but it is streamed only and not downloaded so the quality suffers.

So for me the Magnatune offer is of interest for downloading. I tend to take out a subscription for a couple of months or so and download the albums that appeal.

But I you can also pay on top as well if you like, so if I find an album that I find exceptional, I give them a tenner or so for it. A good proportion of this goes to the artist too and I think it's worth it.

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