Calling all Bach lovers: get a limited edition iPod with composer's complete works

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Here’s a pretty amazing deal for anyone whose a big fan of Johann Sebastian Bach. The online classical download store Passionato has teamed up with Hanssler Classic to launch its limited edition 120GB iPod loaded up with Bach’s complete works.

The whole package, which includes a full DVD backup in case your iPod decides that it likes the German composer’s flavour, costs £499. The estimated cost of buying the complete works on CD is around £1,000, and a 120GB iPod classic costs £175, so you’re getting all that music (over 175 hours worth) for just over £300. Not bad if you’re a Bach nut…

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Andy MerrettCalling all Bach lovers: get a limited edition iPod with composer's complete works

Virtual Orchestra – 64 musicians replaced by 64 speakers

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“Autumn Fantasy 2008″ sounds like a porn film, but in actual fact, it’s the name of a concert that’ll be taking place between Oct 11th and 21st in Kanagawa Science Park in Kawasaki, Japan. The system uses 64 speakers to replace the 64 musicians in an orchestra, and each speaker plays just one instrument…

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Duncan GeereVirtual Orchestra – 64 musicians replaced by 64 speakers

Passionato – DRM-free, high quality classical music downloads

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Following in the footsteps of Deutsche Gramophon, a service called Passionato is launching today, which will feature very high quality DRM-free downloads of classical… er… classics. It could prove popular – as previously reported, one in three classical music lovers owns an MP3 player, and download music, as well as ripping their classical CDs to MP3. One in five legally download tracks…

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Duncan GeerePassionato – DRM-free, high quality classical music downloads