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.