Classic Cat explanation page 2

When you come on the page of a performer you will find in the center of it a table that lists the available downloads for that performer. Below you will find an example. Please note that it is a picture so the links don't work.


You see that this artists has soundfiles available from 4 different works. If there is an opus or similar number available it is mentioned. For example the work on the first line has KV 339. If you click on the composer name (like Mozart) you will go to Classic Cat's Mozart page. If you click on the name of a work (like Hoffmann's Tales) you will go to the Classic Cat page for that work.
By clicking on the symbol (Go to music) at the end of the lines you go to the page where you can download the music.

Before the download symbol there is some additional information for each of the performances:

  • the first element is the duration of the piece. As not every artist plays at the same speed you will see some variation. If the duration of a piece is very short compared to others it may mean that only a part of it is played.
  • Next comes the type of file. The most common text here is "m128", meaning a 128 kbps mp3 file. You will find a complete overview in the table below:
    Downloadable soundfile formats
    f = flac
    m = mp3
    o = ogg vorbis (requires Winamp 5.x)
    p = mp3pro (requires Thomson player)
    q = mp4 (requires Quicktime 6)
    v = wav
    w = wma (requires Windows Media Player)
    The number is the baudrate.
    Streaming audio formats
    a = asx
    r = Realaudio
  • Occasionally you will see behind the soundfile format something like "/3". This is the number of mp3s. You will see this when the performing artist found the piece too long for one download and split it up.