"High quality recordings have been my life's passion, and I wanted to create a digital music site that music lovers would enjoy. With HDtracks you truly get the same level of quality that you receive when buying a CD from a traditional record store," says three-time Grammy nominated composer and producer David Chesky.
HDtracks offers the highest quality file formats for any platform or media player. Consumers can choose the file type that best suits their needs: AIFF, FLAC (both CD quality), or 320 kbps MP3. In the near future, select titles will be offered as DVD-Audio quality 96/24 FLAC files.
The HDtracks catalog is comprised of many of the finest independent labels in the world, such as the audiophile-oriented Reference Recordings and Chesky Records, David Byrne’s eclectic world music label Luaka Bop, and avant-garde imprints such as Mode Records and John Zorn’s Tzadik. Other genres such as indie rock (Bar None, Daemon), jazz (Sunnyside, Evidence), and blues (Alligator, Blind Pig) are well-represented, with more content added to the site daily. Moreover, a freshly-inked deal with The Orchard, a leading global digital music distribution and marketing company, guarantees that the HDtracks catalog will continue to grow exponentially.
Additionally, HDtracks offers comprehensive editorial content, with complete liner note scans offered with every album purchase. "If I buy a Stravinsky or McCoy Tyner recording, I want to know who is playing, where it was recorded, as well as any other behind the scenes information I can get,” says David Chesky. HDtracks customers can browse full artist biographies, album descriptions, reviews, and label affiliations, resulting in a more informative way to buy and enjoy music online.
“HDtracks is a site made by music lovers for music lovers,” remarks David Chesky. “We are not a computer company. It is our desire for technology to serve the music, not the other way around.”