The Philadelphia Orchestra is getting on the entertainment superhighway.
After years of distributing downloads through its own online store, the orchestra has signed a deal that makes its music available through iTunes, amazon.com, Rhapsody, eMusic and HDtracks and others.
Philadelphia Orchestra recordings made and released by commercial labels (EMI, DG) have long been available through these online retailers, but with this deal with Ioda, the orchestra will be releasing live recordings made in Verizon Hall. The publishing schedule will not include performances from the current season, but from previous seasons, at least for now.
Recordings will be released both as high-quality 256 kbps MP3s through most retailers and, via HDtracks, in FLAC, the format preferred by audiophiles.