AllAboutJazz.com, the Web's most comprehensive site for jazz, has officially launched an MP3 download store featuring music from such distinguished record labels as CTI, Mel Bay, Playscape, Smalls, Summit, Kufala, Cryptogramophone, as well as international imprints like Fresh Sound/New Talent, Ayler, Jazz Continuum, and innovative upstarts like Jazz Excursion, Blue Canoe and Abstract Logix.
AAJ plans to add new labels regularly after April 30th--look for music from Passin' Thru, Bee Jazz, Thrill Jockey, Hyena and many more in the coming months.
All the downloads at AAJ will be DRM-free. (DRM, Digital Rights/Restrictions Management, refers to technology embedded in digital downloads to restrict the usage of or access to the music. DRM-free means there are no such restrictions.)
"Our goal is to build a download store in the spirit of the website: comprehensive, timely, and open", says All About Jazz founder, Michael Ricci. "AAJ readers will have access to an incredible variety of jazz music, from new releases to reissued and out-of-print offerings. We're also committed to selling premium-quality 320kbps DRM-free music."
James Pearse, the AAJ Download Store Manager, has experienced many facets of the music industry firsthand having worked for a record label, a physical music store, and an online retailer; and has helped contour a store that will appeal to jazz buyers and sellers alike. "The music downloads will be accessible from almost any page at the AAJ website. If you go to an AAJ page about Freddie Hubbard, for instance, you will find links there to download and purchase Freddie Hubbard songs and albums. You'll see this integration throughout the website. AAJ is in a unique position to play a key role in boosting jazz download sales. We're very excited about what this can mean for jazz musicians and fans everywhere", explains Pearse. AAJ will work directly with record labels and distributors to build a store that offers a deep catalog of music spanning the many genres of jazz.
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