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Now the composer information etc has been added - so much better,
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This review is from: EMI & Virgin Classics Sampler 2011 (MP3 Download)The original comments I made below were appropriate at the time but I am delighted that Amazon have put things right and when I downloaded the tracks again today they appear to have included most of the information one would expect for a classical download. Well done Amazon for taking note of our comments and I have increased my original 2 stars to 4 stars (quality still not as good as a CD so not 5).
My original comments were as below:
It is actually a free download at the time of writing this (and apparently till the end of July),in spite of the appearance on the web page. The tracks are decent enough but I wholeheartedly agree with the other comments that there is a lot of important information missing for each track. It is just about possible to add this manually if you click on the artist and this brings up the CD the track comes from or a selection by the artist from which one can deduce the specific track. But many people would find this difficult unless familiar with the music already. Not specifying the composer is unforgivable but typical of sites that tend not to specialise in classical music - if it were pop/rock we would probably only be interested in the artist and may never know the composer.
If Amazon are going to be serious about downloads of classical music they need to understand the genre rather better!
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2011 19:35:14 BDT
Laraine A. Barker says:
I wholeheartedly agree with you. But amazon isn't the only offender in this respect. I buy quite a few second-hand (and sometimes new) CDs on trademe.co.nz and there are several "professional" traders who list only the title of the work/s, e.g., "Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2". I expect first the composer's name, then the title of the music, followed by at least the name of the main musician/singer/conductor. The only people who list properly are ordinary music-lovers like myself, getting rid of CDs they no longer want. A great place to buy downloads is Hyperion, BTW. You don't get horrible crunched MP3 files there, either. They are in lossless FLAC, which can easily be turned into AIFF files for burning onto CDs.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2011 22:39:10 BDT
C. Gadsby says:
I use Linn for similar reasons - their downloads are excellent.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2011 23:13:48 BDT
Laraine A. Barker says:
They certainly look it, though I must admit I haven't downloaded there yet.
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