Channel Classics’ New DSD Download Site – Channel Classics has added a new DSD-dedicated site featuring DSD recorded files, which they feel are superior to 96/24 PCM and 192/24 PCM. They have over 800 files coming online in the next couple of months, including from Harmonia mundi, Challenge, Fone, LSO Live, and many small labels, in addition to their own. Labels can put various sample rate recordings up for free for those interested in comparing 128K, 256K, and even DSD, for example. Customers can buy separate tracks and there is metadata on each track. Every label has complete control over their section. There are also multichannel tracks available. The site is nativedsd.com
Electronic Sales of Online Movies and TV Grows 68% – According to a new studio from the NPD Group, the electronic sell-thru (EST) of movie and TV shows has grown to more than $1 billion since 2012, and represents almost 14% of the the money spent on physical and digital home video purchases for 2013. Much of the growth was due to new digital buyers drawn into the market. Comcast was the second major cable service after Verizon to offer EST and more are expected the join the market. A spokesperson said it will become an important complement to video-on-demand, and traditional pay-TV services, since it drives incremental revenue and contributes to subscriber retention.
Classical Music News – Spanish conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos has announced his official retirement from the podium. The 80-year-old celebrated maestro has cancer, is at a clinic in Pamplona, and has had to cancel all engagements with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The U.S. Department of Justice is going to change or scrap agreements it reached with two music licensing giants over 70 years ago to freshen them up for the Internet age. This move has been pushed by ASAP and BMI, who together distributed over $1665 million to their members in 2013. Both are non-for-profit entities, who collectively license works for public performance. Composers usually use them to promote their works and for certain licensing tasks, such as “mechanical rights” for the sale and distribution of recordings. Martin Campbell-White is the first artist manager to be made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. During his 40 years in the business, he has represented such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis and Robin Ticciati. An hour-long work based on Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven, and for mezzo and dancer, is part of the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial celebration of new music.
RadioShack Labs to Promote Product Innovation – RadioShack and PCH have launched this collaboration to support inventors and start-ups, and to provide a path from concept to production to distribution. PCH helps start-ups and inventor to overcome the hurdles of logistics and get their products in the hands of consumers. RadioShack Labs will enable start-ups to sell to a significant market and to provide consumer awareness thru marketing promotion as well as retail and online presence.