Shoplinks & Catalogue - Helpful Tips

Links to Amazon and iTunes

Universal Music Shop


1. Amazon

After clicking the Amazon button you will be redirected to the selected Amazon shop and be able to buy the physical product. Often the download version will be available on the same page. In rare cases you may find only second hand offers or no availability at all.

If the Amazon button is not clickable the product is not available in the country you come from. You can search other Amazon shops but we cannot guarantee the availability.

2. iTunes

Products on iTunes are available either as Download AAC 256 or as Mastered for iTunes providing an improved audio quality.

If the iTunes button is not clickable the product is not available in the country you come from. You may search other iTunes shops but we cannot guarantee the availablity. Please note: If you want to buy from an iTunes store you have to use a credit card registered in the same country.


Universal Music Shop - formats

Please note: We are planning to introduce pricing in USD for North and South America and Asia soon. Until this time, we wish to help you understand the price of an item by showing you an indication of the current value of an item’s GBP price in USD in brackets.

The exchange rate for this calculation is updated daily. This is, however, only an indication and we are not able to guarantee that this is the precise GBP/USD exchange rate your credit card company or bank will charge you when you make your payment.

3. Mail Order

All our CDs, DVDs, SACDs and Blu-ray discs are available for purchase worldwide. See our Delivery Information page for details.

4. Download FLAC

FLAC files give you the full audio quality of the CD (16 bit/ 44,1khz). At the moment we don´t offer higher resolutions.

Please note that iTunes does not play FLAC files. We recommend you use either the VLC Media Player or Winamp.

If you want to play your FLAC files with the Window Media Player you may try the DirectShow Filter Madflac. If you want to use iTunes you may try to convert FLAC to Apple Lossless using Db PowerAmp.

If you use a Mac play your files with the VLC Player or Cog. You may also try to create Apple Lossless files using the converting software Max.

Please note: while converting the files to Apple Lossless it may happen that you loose parts of the metadata.

Please note: the download process will take some time due to the size of the files. An average album will have around 250-400 Mb.

5. Download MP3 (» Back to Index)

Nearly all CDs of the catalogue are available as high-quality MP3 downloads (256 kbs). This includes a lot of albums that are not available as CDs any more.

For playing back your mp3 files or to burn audio CDs from your MP3s we recommend you use iTunes.


Catalogue Help - searching the catalogue

6. Browsing (» Back to Index)

Just click the button “search" and page through our latest releases. You don't need to enter any search text! The releases are ordered per month as follows:

  • New Recordings
  • New DVDs
  • New albums of re-released recordings
  • New Out-of-print releases

To include releases from the near future, please switch the final dropdown to “Future Releases first".

7. Using the Freetext Search Box (» Back to Index)

- clicking into the box
Simply click into this box with your mouse and it will immediately become empty of text in anticipation of your search request.

- several search words
You can put in several search words - simply make a space between the words.
e.g. “karajan mozart symphonies" finds only Mozart Symphonies conducted by Karajan

- a search that also excludes some information
Placing a minus-sign (-) before one word will exclude that word from the search:
e.g. “Karajan symphonies -mozart" finds all Karajan-conducted Symphonies except those by Mozart

- using the album number
If you are looking up information on an album of which you have some details, then use the identification number to find it best.

On older CDs the number is 7 digits long shown usually in the form “415 253-2". You can however type the number in anyway - “415 253-2", “4152532", “415 2532" - all versions will work.

Recently we have started using twelve digits, whereby the first five digits (usually 00289 for CDs and 00440 for DVDs) are not currently recognised by our web catalogue. Please leave these numbers out.

Sometimes local versions of our international releases are manufactured and these have different numbers - except the number written in the barcode which reflects the international number. This number has 12 digits. Ignore the first four digits and the last digit and you have a seven digit number that our web catalogue will recognise. Sorry for this!

8. The Dropdowns (» Back to Index)

Use the dropdowns provided in the advanced search to find releases:
  • via artist (e.g. Netrebko)
  • via composer (e.g. Beethoven)
  • via musical Genre (e.g. choral)
  • that have won major Awards (e.g. Grammy)
  • that have been reviewed in your preferred language
  • that are part of internationally released Series (e.g. The Originals)

Combine your searches to narrow down your search result. For example, in the artist dropdown choose “Pollini" and in the composer dropdown “Beethoven".

Don't forget to press “reset" before keying in your next search

9. Genres (» Back to Index)

Here are a few terms and their meanings.
  • Orchestra = symphonies, tone poems, concertos etc. (piano and violin concertos can also be found via the search for box by entering Piano Concerto or Violin Concerto
  • Chamber = chamber music
  • Keyboard = solo piano, harpsichord, organ works
  • Vocal = vocal works, both solo and small-ensemble (see also Choral)
  • Choral = choral works with larger ensembles
  • Dramatic = opera, operetta, arias, musical

10. Availability (» Back to Index)


The availability per country of the CDs and downloads presented in this site will broadly reflect the CD and Download release schedules of each country. However, even though some items may not be available as CDs or downloads in the stores of some countries, they may still be available for download here!

We are committed to bringing back ever more out of print releases from our past as downloads from this site.