Last month the Royal Scottish National Orchestra launched an online music service and new research from Gramophone magazine suggests it could be quite popular.
Their new research suggests that one in three classical music lovers have digital music players, download music from the Internet, and listen to digital, streaming radio as well as ripping their classical CDs. One in five legally download music, averaging 12 downloads per person.
The big services provide a reasonable amount of classical music, including iTunes and eMusic, though more specialist services will still probably be the way to go for serious classical connoisseurs. Classical music tracks are usually longer and part of collections (symphonies, for example) and they often benefit more from being encoded at a higher rate due to their dynamic range. You’ll still not really notice any quality loss when travelling in noisy environments though.