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Frequently Asked Questions


Why is CORO providing a downloads site?

Meeting customers’ needs:
We offer high quality audio downloads which provide great sound quality (equivalent to that of a CD or better). Although many of our customers would like high-quality lossless downloads, these are not always available from the leading digital platforms such as iTunes. We hope to fulfill this customer need by providing high quality downloads. We are providing our customers with download technology without compromising on quality.

Allow faster access to our music:
Convenience and speed are just some of the many advantages that the customer can benefit from when buying downloads. A lot of computer users now have fast internet connections rather than dial-up, meaning that music can be downloaded quickly. For example, a losslessly compressed album will take less than 5 minutes to download on an 8 MB/s connection.

Reach the global audience:
By making part of our catalogue available for download the entire world that has access to computers can enjoy our music without having to rely on postal services. We hope to make the entire catalogue available in the future.

Make available albums that are out of stock:
From time to time CDs go out of stock. As this doesn’t happen with downloads you will always be able to purchase a download and have instant access to the music.

What Download Formats is CORO offering?

So far, a selection of CORO’s new and best-selling recordings are available for download in four different download formats on this site: MP3, FLAC, AAC and ALAC. If you are new to downloading, do not be afraid of these foreign terms as all is explained below. This section will help you decide which download quality and file type is best for you. Also, we recommend downloading our free test files to help you decide which is best for your needs and compatible with your computer.

MP3

(320kbps, high quality, small files, some loss of detail)

MP3 is a high-quality CBR (constant bitrate) file. This type of file is lossy, which means it has been compressed by reducing the detail of certain parts of sound that are deemed beyond the hearing ability of most people. It reproduces near-CD quality with a much smaller file size.

If the download speed of your internet connection is a concern then this file may be best for you. This type of download file is the only one to consider if you have a dial-up internet connection. The other formats are much too large to download over a dial-up connection.

This file type is very compatible and works with virtually every portable audio player and mobile phone. It works on all computer types including PC, Mac and Linux. MP3 CBR is cross-platform and will play correctly on all portable MP3 players.

A range of test files is available free of charge so please do try out the format to see if it works on your computer before purchasing.

AAC

(256kbps, high quality, small files, some loss of detail but less than MP3 files)

Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a standardised compression and encoding scheme for digital audio. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC files are generally higher quality and slightly smaller than MP3 files.

Although AAC is less widely supported than MP3, it does work in iTunes and with iPod, on Microsoft's Zune, and on the Sony Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable, as well as some mobile phones.

A range of test files is available free of charge so please do try out the format to see if it works on your computer before purchasing.

FLAC

(CD-quality, large files, no loss of detail)

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio format similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed without any loss in quality. Lossless is a type of format that allows the file to be compressed without losing any data, i.e. sound. It works by ‘zipping’ the file before compression, creating a smaller file but without loss of data. The sound quality is exactly the same as on a CD, with no deterioration, but the file size is roughly half that of a normal CD. Download times vary between half an hour on a 1mb/s internet connection to only five minutes for an 8mb/s connection for an average CD. Needless to say, lossless is ideally suited to classical music which requires the best possible sound quality. This format ensures that you get all the benefits of a full bandwidth audio performance, but with a file size that is around half that of a normal CD. If CD sound quality is what you want then this file may be best to suit your needs.

FLAC files can be imported and played on a variety of media players, such as the Klimax DS digital music player. Please note: Some media players (including iTunes and Windows Media Player) do not currently support this format, particularly on the PC platform.

A range of test files is available free of charge so please do try out the format to see if it works on your computer before purchasing.

ALAC

(CD quality, large files, no loss of detail)

Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) was developed by Apple for lossless data compression of digital music. Apple have restricted iTunes to a narrow set of file types, such as ALAC and hardware such as iPods. ALAC can therefore be played directly in iTunes (unlike FLAC). If you want CD quality which plays in iTunes, then this file may be best for you. It is of CD quality and is a lossless file format.

A range of test files is available free of charge so please do try out the format to see if it works on your computer before purchasing.

What is a studio master?

A studio master download is a file that has been created directly from the producer’s master copy to provide the highest quality sound. It is the closest the listener will get to hearing the music exactly how the artist intended because it hasn’t been compressed or manipulated to allow it to ‘fit’ a smaller file size or physical object, such as a CD. Our studio masters are 24-bit/96kHz and are available in either FLAC or ALAC formats. Please read the information above and use our test files to make sure you choose the file type that best suits your needs.

At the moment, it is only possible for us to offer studio master downloads for our new releases. The first of our recordings to be offered as a studio master was The Earth Resounds.

What does the download include?

Each of our download albums are downloaded as a zipped folder which contains:
  • One audio file per track
  • CD booklet with liner notes and texts and translations where appropriate (PDF)
Cover artwork (JPEG) is available for albums added to the site in, or later than, August 2012. We hope to add cover artwork to all our albums in the near future.

I have never downloaded music before, what should I do?

Just follow our simple guide below and you can enjoy the convenience, speed, flexibility and quality of CORO digital downloads. This service is suitable for Mac, PC and Linux users.

1. Choose your music
Our bestselling albums are currently available for download, although we hope to add more of our catalogue to the downloads site with time. Browse the catalogue and once you have decided which album(s) to download you will need to choose your file type.

2. Choose your file type
Please read about the different file formats (MP3, AAC, FLAC, ALAC) above to help you make your selection. Before clicking on the ‘Add to Cart’ button for any of these files, please make sure that you have made the right choice of file format by using our free test files.

3. Use the test files
Click on the Test Files page. We recommend that you download a test file before you make a purchase. This will ensure you have chosen the correct file type for your computer system.

4. Purchase and Download
Once you have added items to your cart, click on the ‘Checkout with PayPal’ button. If you have, a PayPal account you can Log in otherwise you can just enter your address and card details. When the Paypal transaction is complete, you will see links to download the files you have purchased and you will also receive an email containing your download links. Click on these download links and enjoy the music!

Please note that you should not navigate away from or close your browser whilst downloading. If you do experience a problem whilst downloading, you can start the download again by clicking on the link in the download confirmation email.

The downloads may take a considerable time depending on the size of file(s) you have ordered and your broadband connection. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are having any difficulties with your downloads and we will be happy to assist you.

Can I download to my iPad?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer downloading music directly to your iPad. You must download the files using a PC, MAC or Linux (see above) and transfer the files to your iTunes (or other music player). Sync your iTunes library on your iPad to ensure the music appears on your iPad.