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Peter Gabriel is launching a new subscription music download store featuring high-quality, lossless recordings from new artists. The Music C…

Peter Gabriel is launching a new subscription music download store featuring high-quality, lossless recordings from new artists. The Music Club, launched by speaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins with Gabriel’s Real World Studios, will cost £23.95 for six months or £33.95 annually, giving subscribers a DRM-free album every month from upcoming artists who record at Gabriel’s Bath-based studio. Debut artists include Little Axe and Grindhouse. Rights on the recordings return to the artists after two months.

Lossless music right now is pitched at a very small segment of buyers – those who realise MP3s don’t sound as good as the CDs from which they were ripped, especially on high-end audio systems. But, when more broadband connections can transfer the large files quickly in future, lossless may become the default format. Radiohead released a FLAC version of In Rainbows in Decembers.

Gabriel (via Uncut): “One of the things that

  1. It's great to see such a prestigious artist as Peter Gabriel promoting higher sound quality for online music. Lossless formats are fantastic! There are a lot of online music stores which offer ok music but only in mp3 format, which takes so much away from the overall experience. The electronic music store Beatport has wav, a lossless format, but they charge an extra $4 per track and the files are uncompressed. Polybonk.com, a new online music store, offers mp3 or flac (compressed but lossless format) options for $1.80- you can even download both!

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