(CelebrityAccess) – A new streaming service called Primephonic devoted exclusively to classical music has launched in the U.S., Britain and the Netherlands.
According to the platform, more than 1 million tracks are currently available from more than 400 labels worldwide.
Features include the ability to search by composer, title, artist, musical period and genre, as well as background information and anecdotes about the artists and recordings. Users also have access to curated playlists and the option to compare different recordings of the same work side-by-side. Most interesting however, is the platform’s pay-per-second model as it takes into consideration the long-form nature of classical compositions and compensates artists, composers and labels accordingly.
Commenting on the platform’s launch, Primephonic Chief Executive Thomas Steffens said: “As a classical music lover myself, I have often experienced the frustrations of listening to classical music on today’s existing streaming services. Streaming has revolutionized the way the world listens to music, but it has failed to revolutionize classical music.”
Also according to Steffens, company’s aim is to not only usher in a new era for classical music in the digital age but to help create a sustainable business model that provides fair revenue for classical artists.