Naxos Recordings to Be Made Available for Download Through Libraries

Classic Arts News   Naxos Recordings to Be Made Available for Download Through Libraries
Thousands of classical recordings from the Naxos catalogue will be available for download through library web sites under a new program announced yesterday at the American Library Association conference in Chicago.

The downloads will be provided by OverDrive, Inc., which already provides digital downloads of audio books and electronic books to libraries in New York, Cleveland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and elsewhere.

Under the system, library patrons will be able to download digital music files at any time of day from the web site of their local library and play the files on a computer or transfer them to a portable digital music player (it is not clear which players will be compatible with the system). At the end of a "lending period" of two or three weeks, the files will stop working and will made available to another listener.

Founded in 1987, Naxos has had great success selling budget-priced CDs of standard repertoire, often recorded by lesser-known soloists and ensembles. The label has also released 20th-century and contemporary music, world music, historical recordings, vintage pop music, and other rarities.

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