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1. HDtracks is the premier online music storage for audiophiles who demand the best-sounding music. As a result, it’s one of the most diverse catalogs of music available under one roof and a good place to start looking for new releases.
makes it easy for fans to directly connect with artists and support the ones they love. For artists who can’t afford their own web site, Bandcamp is a great way to get music out to the public, and for the listener, the site comes with best-seller charts and music discovery features.
3. Merge Records
. Today it is one of the few truly independent labels still around.
4. Beggars Group
is a collection of labels including 4AD, Rough Trade, Matador, and XL. If you’re a fan of ’80s-onward alternative, you’ll find a lot to like here.
5. Linn Records
. You can buy individual tracks or whole albums. Or choose between CD, Super Audio CD and vinyl, which you can buy from online stockists or your local retailer.
universe is built by collectors, for collectors. The most useful way to think of Murfie is as of a virtual second-hand music store. The idea is you send Murfie your CDs and they can rip them for you, or you can on-sell them. While the site also sells new CDs most of the trades are in ridiculously cheap used music, which for the conscientious means that the artist doesn’t receive any money. As the last bastion before outright piracy Murfie is a good way to find music unavailable elsewhere.
lends its catalog to a few of the other names on this list, but it also runs its own service at the same time. It stocks hi-res audio files for most genres, not just classical and jazz.
8. Naim Label
has a nifty sideline in hi-res audio files, including music from its own Naim Label.
9. Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound
. Another hi-fi brand that turned its hand to hi-res downloads, B&W has a site boasting a range of studio-quality albums. You can also subscribe and access albums not available in the store.
is both a music streaming service and a download store. Originally launched in France, it’s now available in the UK, offering high-res audio music streams at 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC.