• HDTracks 24-bit / 96 kHz Content Is Here (Plus a little Bonus)

     The HDTracks Audiophile 24/96 store will officially open Thursday October 2nd! However, if you're a registered user of Computer Audiophile HDTracks has a little treat for you. Read more for all the details.
     

     

    The past few weeks I have been talking to David Chesky about the opening of the HDTracks Audiophile 24/96 store. Ha said the store will open with about 80 titles in high 24/96 resolution. More titles will be added all the time. David is a great person to work with and he has provided the registered Computer Audiophile readers a special 20% off code that is good until 10/15/2008. Plus, he is giving us the early notice that the content is available. Expect a press release sometime Thursday.

    Here's how it works. All registered and logged in users will be able to see the special promo code at the bottom of this page in big red letters. Those who haven't registered or haven't logged in will not be able to see anything out of the ordinary! HDTracks has been very kind to provide only the registered users access to this promo code. Please respect HDTracks by not posting the code all over the Internet or send it to anyone who doesn't participate in the site.

     

    Registered & logged in users please take note of the code and follow the link at the bottom of the page.

    New users can register here and return to this page. You'll then be able to take advantage of this great opportunity.
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      oops! Try it now.
    1. bbarr's Avatar
      bbarr -
      I don't see anything either, but I'm thinking the code won't show up until the opening on Oct. 2.<br />
      <br />
      Question for Chris - is the promo code only for Audiophile 24/96 tracks or is it good for any purchase?<br />
      <br />
      Thanks.<br />
      <br />
      Bob
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Guys - The code is there right now at the bottom of the screen. Please tell m you can see it!
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      I'm not sure if the code will work on everything or just the 24/96. I guess someone will have to give it a shot and let us know.
    1. Bearheath's Avatar
      Bearheath -
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      Chris,<br />
      <br />
      code is right there, wish I had seen your email before going to HDTracks earlier tonight. Oh well I'll just have to buy another download. Bought the Clark Terry One on One recording and the sound is great, Terry's horn just explodes. Thanks for the promo
    1. watchnerd's Avatar
      watchnerd -
      I don't mean to be a party pooper, but why the extra markup for the same album in 24/96?<br />
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      I'm looking at Yerba Buena Bounce by Hot Club of San Francisco. The 'regular' album in AIFF is $11.98, but the 24/96 version, in FLAC, is $15.98.<br />
      <br />
      Presumably the album was originally recorded in 24/96 (otherwise, it's a bit of a con to offer an upsampled 16/44.1 version) and the extra work to make make two different file versions of the same original recording would seem trivial.<br />
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      I love the fact that DRM-free high resolution audio is being made available, but the 33% markup for no readily apparent reason makes me a little sour faced.
    1. VincentH's Avatar
      VincentH -
      Chris, this is a great deal and I actually listened to most albums and selected 4 I really liked, only to discover at checkout that HDTracks only sells to US customers! I am quite annoyed, a waste of time for me.<br />
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      I really cannot understand why on earth in the internet day and age some companies still think in countries when they sell downloads. Maybe you could exert some influence on HDTracks to better serve the - global - Computer Audiophile community? That would be great.<br />
      <br />
      -edit- I just noticed <a href="http://www.computeraudiophile.com/node/872">the thread on HD Tracks international downloads</a>. So it's legal stuff, not the company's vision. I hope they get it done soon, this music is too good to miss.<br />
      <br />
      Btw would it be legal if someone in the US would buy these and then sell them through to me?<br />
      <br />
      Regards, Vincent
    1. kyrill's Avatar
      kyrill -
      Hi Vincent<br />
      i live in Holland and find it extremely FRUSTRATINGt that all those legal rights FORBID every other site to sell to non US customers or to provide services like pandora.com<br />
      <br />
      all this is based on negative thinking, all t h i s legal stuff is worshiping fear
    1. darrenwm's Avatar
      darrenwm -
      I can see the code. I may look at the albums later.
    1. shenzi's Avatar
      shenzi -
      Code visible, computer in UK. Oh well. But good that CA gets these deals. It all adds value to a definite must-visit site.<br />
      <br />
      Oh and hello, by the way. I've been lurking a while but this is apparently my first post. Must try harder.
    1. darrenwm's Avatar
      darrenwm -
      I've been listening to a few samples of tracks.<br />
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      I really like David Johassen's "I've been down to Memphis" which is on the HDTracks promo album.<br />
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      I may buy his album.
    1. chrille's Avatar
      chrille -
      Finally after an all too long wait!<br />
      I thought I would at last able to buy hi rez music that I really like!<br />
      But browsing through the first releases, at HD Tracks the only ones of any interest to me were the Reference Recordings 24/96 files!<br />
      Ok Ill get those I thought!<br />
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      Only to find out that I live in the wrong country!<br />
      <br />
      Is this some kind of a joke?<br />
      <br />
      So far I have found nothing except a few things at 2 L that I could actually buy at all!<br />
      User friendly Brave New World of Downloads where are you????????????????? <br />
      <br />
      I´ll keep buying SACDs until this thing matures for adults, if ever?
    1. DavidJPettifor's Avatar
      DavidJPettifor -
      A little annoyed here. <br />
      <br />
      I just managed to pay for an album from HDtracks via PayPal. Payment went through without issue and an hdtracks.jnlp file was then downloaded to my desktop. Double-clicking the file proceeded to open a java application, the HDtracks Download Manager. A settings screen appeared, in which I entered my HDtracks username and password. I then received a message telling me that it would appear my password was incorrect. I now have a little less money in my PayPal account than I did a few minutes ago, a java app on my desktop that doesn't appear to be working correctly and no music downloaded! I've received a PayPal and HDtracks receipt for my payment via email, so that's at least something. <br />
      <br />
      Anyway, thought I'd let others here know of my issue, just in case they have similar problems. I've emailed HDtracks and I hope they will reply promptly as unfortunately my last couple of emails I sent them have gone without response.<br />
      <br />
      <br />
      <br />
      --<br />
      djp
    1. DanRubin's Avatar
      DanRubin -
      This is great, of course, and thanks to Chris for arranging the promotion. I was disappointed to see that the 24/96 files are only available as FLAC. As an iTunes user, what's a good strategy for adding the high-rez stuff to my library? I do have MAX, which may allow me to convert to a compatible format.<br />
      <br />
      Dan
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi David - I have used this store many times without issue. Maybe you should try resetting your password from the HDTracks site, then entering it into the little Java applet. Just a thought.
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Hi Dan - For now I recommend MAX. It will convert to a bit perfect AIFF or Apple Lossless file without any issues.<br />
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      I haven't tried the FLAC plugins for iTunes. I'm not a fan of them.
    1. DavidJPettifor's Avatar
      DavidJPettifor -
      You sir are a genius! <br />
      <br />
      I must also say I've had a response from HDtracks regarding my email concerning this, already! Brilliant response. I'll now let them know that you fixed it for me Chris and hopefully they'll pay you for acting as a technical support rep for them! <br />
      <br />
      --<br />
      djp
    1. DavidJPettifor's Avatar
      DavidJPettifor -
      **Update**<br />
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      Think the issue was actually fixed by HDtracks themselves as their email arrived pretty much the same time as Chris' advice. It seems they had to work some magic their end to get me up and running. Anyway, a thumbs up for the support and I'm now downloading music from HDtracks. Nothing can stop me now! <br />
      <br />
      I'll take that genius compliment back now Chris. <br />
      <br />
      --<br />
      djp
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Great to hear, enjoy the downloads (from outside the US)!
    1. crazzell's Avatar
      crazzell -
      I appreciate the promo code, and expect to use it when I get back to the US from my current business trip.<br />
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      I am waiting with baited breath to see if HDTracks will really be able to get the Pentatone and Harmonia Mundi catalogs added to the site (last promised date was September 30th). Now, if these get added in 24/96 format, that would generate some real excitement and probably a significant depletion of my bank balance as a result!<br />
      <br />
      --crazzell