If you're an audiophile , then you know of Linn, the Scottish maker of superb hi-fi equipment and loudspeakers. They also have a record label called Linn Records that produces high-quality classical and jazz recordings.
Linn Records just announced that they are offering online downloadable purchases of their recordings. And they're doing it right: You can choose from three different downloadable formats, and there is no DRM , which means you can play the music anywhere you'd like, no restrictions whatsoever. They even provide downloadable test files that enable you to calibrate playback on your PC or media player.
Even better, Linn is using the downloadable format to offer music in a 24-bit / 96KHz format. This format has been typically restricted to SACD and DVD-Audio format disks, so Linn's new downloads give everyone a chance to hear this better-than-CD-quality audio.
This is an exciting development for online downloads, and I hope Linn is successful with this. I'm going to buy some Martin Taylor music right now.
In an interesting aside, according to Tim Anderson's blog, Apple is refusing to allow Linn to offer music in Apple's Lossless encoding format (ALAC).