• An Excellent HDtracks Experience

    The other night I was looking for some new Jazz, specifically some good trumpet. I browsed over to the HDtracks site and found exactly what I needed. I was listening to Terell Stafford in full resolution quicker than I could have grabbed my keys and headed for the store. If you haven't downloaded music from HDtracks yet, what are you waiting for?
    As I mentioned earlier I was browsing HDtracks looking for some Jazz. The site has a great interface for discovering new music. It allows customers to browse several subcategories of each genre. If you've ever tried browsing or searching for new music on Amazon you understand how difficult some retailers make it to get what you want. So, I browsed Jazz for a little while, then another little while, and another, and another ... I loved the experience and couldn't stop listening to sample tracks, then clicking back to the main list and browsing more. Just because the interface is fabulous doesn't mean you will spend less time on the site!





    I purchased Terell Stafford's Taking Chances Live At The Dakota for a couple reasons. The album is Jazz and has a lot of trumpet, but was also recorded at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant which is literally four miles from my house. If you're ever around Minneapolis I highly recommend visiting the Dakota for a great evening of Jazz. The club is right in Downtown Minneapolis along the Nicollet Mall, a street closed to automobiles and frequented by pedestrians. For those Mary Tyler More fans you can have your picture taken next to a statue of her tossing her hat.


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    Once I added the album to my cart it took about three clicks and the music was downloading to my desktop in uncompressed AIFF format. The Mac OS X download manager is the most unobtrusive aplication I've used to download music. You download it right from the HDtracks site as part of the process. There is no hunting for a good app or reading through FAQs to find it.




    Once the download manager is launched and you enter your username and password the music starts flowing! The first thing to download is the liner notes in PDF form. While the rest of the music comes down you can peruse the cover art just like you do when making a physical purchase.


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    Since I had already selected AIFF as my format of choice all my music was in this format when i arrived on my desktop. There was no converting or adding cover art to do. I opened iTunes and selected Add To Library and I was done. I was literally listening to Terell Stafford so fast I couldn't believe it and how easy the whole process was. I even emailed David Chesky to tell him what a great thing they have going.

    I've said it before and I say it again, If you haven't downloaded music from HDtracks yet, what are you waiting for?

    P.S. The album I downloaded sounds fantastic and the music is equally compelling.
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Wow, I just listened to the samples of Four Generations of Miles and it is awesome. I'm downloading it right now!<br />
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      Here is a link to the album<br />
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      http://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file=catalogdetail&valbum_code=090368023 827<br />
    1. flatmap's Avatar
      flatmap -
      Isn't it great, though? <br />
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      Many more to discover, I think. Looking forward to it.
    1. Ermine's Avatar
      Ermine -
      Here is the reason why I am not listening to any of the extremely attractive catalogue they have...<br />
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      "At the moment HDtracks is only available in the U.S."<br />
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      Not impressed, but I'm learning to be patient. In the meantime, if any network saavy folks out there know how to "theoretically" bypass this restriction with a proxy server or the like I would love to hear from them.<br />
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      S<br />
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hey Scott - There are a ton of open proxies h located here in the US, but my guess it HDtracks will require a credit card with a US address :-(
    1. tunes's Avatar
      tunes -
      How much to download an Album/CD? A single song????
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      All the albums are around $12 and the songs are like 89 cents. Songs over six or seven minutes can only be purchased as part of the complete album.
    1. wallofsound's Avatar
      wallofsound -
      we really need more high definition resources for downloading music. We <a href="http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/products/headphones-earphones/">headphones</a> junkies need all the outlets we can find. Luckily, some artists like Trent Reznor are taking the issue of quality into their own hands
    1. Joyful squirrel's Avatar
      Joyful squirrel -
      Thanks for the advice. I like Terrel Stafford a lot. I've recently downloaded the music from torrent SE http://bytesland.com/terell+stafford . The music is very powerful, it would be great to make it even of greater quality.
    1. johnalbert486's Avatar
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