Friday, April 22, 2005

Kompakt launches digital downloads
forthcoming in

Kompakt, Cologne's powerhouse techno label, distributor, and retail store, has announced the launch of a new MP3 download site, giving electronic-music fans around the globe access to the label's back catalogue, along with releases (and audio samples) from 50 associated imprints such as Traum and Areal. According to label co-founder Wolfgang Voigt, traditional wax remains the label's most important format, but new media offer an easy way to distribute music around the world. Additionally, Voigt suggests, the label needs to embrace a broader market: those who listen to music on their iPods, as well as the new class of digital DJs. Individual tracks may be purchased from the site for 1.29 Euro, and at reduced cost for full singles and full albums. Record crates just got lighter; and so did wallets. (CJN)

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