Classic Cat explanation page 1

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


You see that for this work 3 artists had some music available. Two had the first movement of the work and one had the seventh movenment. If you want to download you can click on the button to go to the page where the artist hosts his/her music.

If you click on the artist name you will go to the Classic Cat page about this artist. There you can see which other performances by this artist are included in the Classic Cat catalogue. You will also see links to the homepage and another information page of this artist(s) if available.

At the end of each line 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 you occasionally see the registration symbol (Free registration required). This means that the site that hosts this music requires free registration.
  • 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.
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