A Cappella Uncompressed

A Cappella Records began shortly before Thanksgiving of 2008 with a problem – why weren’t a cappella groups on iTunes? The whole company has essentially grown out of the solution to that problem, managing to incorporate licensing, distribution, reportingā€¦ everything a group needs to reach the digital storefronts and the broader world of fans.

Of course, reaching digital stores has left us with new opportunities, and new problems: A Cappella Records is currently in possession of the largest commercially-available collection of contemporary a cappella master recordings in the world. These recordings are incredibly high in sound quality, and it’s incredible to throw them on in the office and hear how clear and crisp the audio is as it fills the room. We realized earlier this year that we can’t be the only ones that love listening to the highest-quality sound available. But how do the audiophiles and rabid fans among us get direct access to these uncompressed audio files? How do we connect artists directly with their biggest fans? Where is the HD storefront for a cappella music?

The existing answer is pretty much the same as it was for the distribution and licensing problem – no one is doing that. The people who have high-quality sound files don’t know how to sell them, and the people who have digital storefronts aren’t interested in selling HD a cappella recordings. Thankfully, when we see a problem to which there’s no existing solution, we try to make one.

Selling content directly through the A Cappella Records site is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, but have always had to put off in favor of other, more pressing developments. In addition to making the content available, we knew we would need to tackle things like sales reporting, payment processing, website storefront security, design and functionality. It was, to put it kindly, a huge project.

Today, we’re happy to announce the first and ONLY A Cappella HD storefront.

 A Cappella Uncompressed

This launch includes five of our best albums in exclusive HD Bundles, just in time for the holidays (the complete list is below). All albums contain uncompressed audio tracks at the highest possible recording quality – what we hear is what you hear. Each track is available with an expanded set of a cappella-focused metadata, including arrangers, soloists, vocal percussionists, and more. Each bundle includes a high-resolution, full-color digital booklet, normally available only through iTunes. Our artists have also included high-quality group photos and even sheet music with selected releases! All content is available DRM-free, and can be dropped into your favorite music player, burnt to CD, or synced to your mobile device!

In addition, we’re announcing the ‘No Store-Fee Guaranteeā„¢’ – A Cappella Records is committed to making high-quality content available to the a cappella community, while passing along as much of the proceeds as possible to our hard-working artists. In a world where digital “store-fees” typically run anywhere from 20-50% of each transaction, we’re proud to announce that we charge absolutely NO store fee for our direct sales, including the entire A Cappella HD catalog. More money going to artists means more music, and that’s something we can definitely get behind.

The full contents of our exclusive HD Bundles are as follows:

cover 20100618114856 300x300 A Cappella UncompressedA Fifth [HD]
By On The Rocks
Released: 2010
Included in this bundle:
- 13 Uncompressed Audio Files
- “A Fifth” Digital Booklet
- Extra A Cappella Metadata
- Artist Photos

BATTLE [HD]cover 20111025140126 300x300 A Cappella Uncompressed
By Tufts Beelzebubs
Released: 2011
Included in this bundle:
- 13 Uncompressed Audio Files
- “Battle” Digital Booklet
- Extra A Cappella Metadata
- High Quality “Epic Battle” Mural
- Artist Photos

Carols From The Hill [HD]cover 20101119194746 300x300 A Cappella Uncompressed
By The Clef Hangers
Released: 2010
Included in this bundle:
- 8 Uncompressed Audio Files
- “Carols From The Hill” Digital Booklet
- Extra A Cappella Metadata

Sing 8: Too Cubed [HD]cover 20111110143348 300x300 A Cappella Uncompressed
By SING
Released: 2011
Included in this bundle:
- 19 Uncompressed Audio Files
- “Sing 8:Too Cubed” Digital Booklet
- Extra A Cappella Metadata

Still Point [HD]cover 20110812164009 300x300 A Cappella Uncompressed
By Out of the Blue
Released: 2011
Included in this bundle:
- 11 Uncompressed Audio Files
- “Still Point” Digital Booklet
- Extra A Cappella Metadata
- Artist Photos
- Sheet Music for Track 11, “* * *”, written by Out of the Blue’s own Marissa Bergmann

Click any album title in this list to view its page on our website, or check out the A Cappella HD storefront HERE.

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