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June 22, 2005

Public Libraries Offer Classical Music Downloads

OverdriveOverDrive announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Naxos of America (the world’s leading independent classical music label) to add thousands of titles to its Digital Library Reserve (DLR) catalog for libraries, which is currently being used by approximately 1,000 U.S. public library systems. Audiophiles will now be able to visit the websites of leading libraries to download digital versions of the world’s greatest classical recordings for listening on a PC, PDA, Smartphone, and portable MP3 audio players.  Leading public libraries already offer a similar service for Naxos Audio Books - so it's a natural extension...The Naxos Music Library contains over 5,000 thousand classical works and the company has earned two Grammy Awards, more than 20 Grammy nominations, and dozens of other international awards.

OverDrive’s digital media platform makes it possible for patrons to browse their library’s online digital collection and checkout the works anytime of day from anywhere in the world.  Audio titles are downloaded directly to a user’s computer where they can be listened to or then transferred to a portable MP3 player.  At the end of the lending period (typically 14 to 21 days) the digital files automatically expire and are made available for the next patron. 

“Naxos narrated audiobooks have been providing thousands of hours of enjoyment for patrons from public library websites with the convenience of downloading them from home,” stated Jim Sturgeon, CEO of Naxos of America, Inc.  “Today’s announcement adds digital versions of the most important works of classical music ever recorded to this service from your local public library.”

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This is just way too cool. Now I can access the music I love when I travel abroad.

Posted by: Timmy | Jun 23, 2005 3:14:45 PM

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