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Naxos Digital & Subscription Services

For more than twenty years, Naxos has led the way as the world’s greatest value label for classical music CDs and DVDs. But there’s much more to Naxos. Naxos Digital Services embrace the full potential of the Internet to provide you with a wide range of digital services, from online music download and retail to subscription-based music streaming services.

Naxos Retail and Music Download Services

ClassicsOnline is a dedicated classical music download service which also offers other genres of quality music, including jazz, nostalgia, world and contemporary instrumental.

ClassicsOnline aims to offer the widest possible range of classical music so that, eventually, every work of classical music ever recorded will be available from the site. Over time, we expect to make the catalogues of all important independent classical music labels available. These are at the forefront of repertoire development today.

  • An extraordinary number of outstanding labels is already available on ClassicsOnline, with more being added progressively.
  • Wide Range of Repertoire ClassicsOnline offers classical music from the world's leading independent labels as well as a good selection of classic jazz, blues and folk recordings (not available in the United States) and a representative collection of world music.
  • No Unnecessary Costs Aside from offering music at an affordable price, ClassicsOnline gives you the option to download a full CD or just a track.You pay only for the music you want to listen to. There are absolutely no registration fees required or any hidden charges when downloading.
  • DRM-free ClassicsOnline does not employ any DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology. This means you can transfer your downloaded audio files to your portable player, CDs and other media for personal use. Music downloaded must not be used for commercial purposes.

Naxos Direct, the name you trust for classical music, is an online boutique CD, AudioBook and DVD store that offers over 14,000 Naxos and distributed label titles.

Features include customer reviews, audio samples, DVD trailers, the NaxosDirect Blog, a national concert calendar, a rewards points program based on purchases, and weekly free MP3 downloads, as well as a newsletter.

Naxos Direct’s extensive composer biographies, historical information, video and audio players make it easy to make an informed and confident purchase of your favorite music.

With websites in Canada, Sweden, the UK and the USA, it’s your obvious choice when you wish to purchase CDs and DVDs online.

Naxos Direct Canada
Naxos Direct Sweden
Naxos Direct UK
Naxos Direct USA

Music Podcasts

These are podcasts on various classical music and contemporary topics:

Naxos Classical Music Spotlight
American Jewish Music from the Milken Archive with Leonard Nimoy

Naxos AudioBooks

There are several different ways you can choose to subscribe to the free podcast Naxos Classical Music Spotlight, all of which are just a click away from the Naxos Blog Podcasts page, one way is through iTunes Store: Naxos Classical Music Spotlight

Enhanced versions of the episodes may not be available on all platforms.

Archives of the Naxos Classical Music Spotlight podcast and other significant podcasts are available on

Naxos Classical Music Spotlight

Visit the Naxos Blog Podcasts page to hear fascinating episodes about our artists and albums presented by Raymond Bisha, Naxos Radio Promotions Manager for North America. Apart from being popular with music lovers around the world, Naxos Classical Music Spotlight is an excellent educational resource for music teachers and students, and musicians.

Naxos Subscription Services

Naxos Music Library, Naxos Music Library Jazz, Naxos Spoken Word Library and Naxos Web Radio each has a FREE preview for you to experience the service like a paid subscriber.

Naxos Music Library [NML] offers not only practically all standard repertoire, but also an enormous range of specialist repertoire not available from other online sources.
  • Leading Independent Labels include the complete catalogues of BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with more labels being added from time to time.
  • Easy Access, Efficient System A login (user name and password) is assigned to each subscriber who can then access the library anywhere, anytime—in the office, in the classroom, in a hotel room, in a shop and at home.  Every composition and every track is instantly accessible at the click of a mouse—no more searching on shelves or updating archive information.
  • Custom Playlists You can create custom playlists of your favorite tracks/albums, share these playlists with other subscribers of NML, and to playback the tracks in these playlists continuously.
  • Value for Money Naxos stands for offering high-quality performances and recordings at an affordable price. The Naxos Music Library offers the same outstanding value-for-money proposition.

  • Search NML by Playing Time Advanced Search now has a Playing Time field allowing you to search for works within a specific range of playing times combined with other criteria. This is a great new feature for professional musicians, performing arts organizations, presenters and industry professionals!
  • Playlists of Exam Pieces Are you learning an instrument and studying for an Associate Board exam? If so, why not let some of the world’s finest musicians lead you by example? Playlists of repertoire for many of the graded instrumental exams set by the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music are now available.
  • Flash Player You can now choose among three different playback technologies: Adobe Flash Player, Microsoft Windows Media Player, or Microsoft Silverlight, to play the music tracks, making the service more compatible with the different hardware configurations customers have.

Naxos Music Library Jazz [NMLJ] offers a mixed selection of jazz legends and contemporary jazz. It covers more than 50 years of jazz styles from all over the world.
  • World-Famous Jazz Labels The recordings in Naxos Music Library Jazz include selected albums from the 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz, along with Naxos Jazz and Jazz Legends* recordings, with selected new titles from other leading independent labels added every month.
  • Easy Access, Efficient System A login (user name and password) is assigned to each subscriber who can then access the site anywhere in the world at any time.  Every track is instantly accessible at the click of a mouse—no more searching on shelves or updating archive information.
  • Value for Money Naxos stands for offering high-quality performances and recordings at an affordable price. The Naxos Music Library Jazz offers the same outstanding value-for-money proposition.
* Catalogue not available in the United States.

Naxos Spoken Word Library features the world's greatest literature—classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twentieth century.  Spanning 21 categories—from Children's Classics and Classic Fiction, to Shakespeare's Plays, Music Education and many more. All works are read by professional actors/actresses, English literature by English, American literature by Americans.  Readers and actors include some of today's biggest names, such as Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Juliet Stevenson and many others.
  • Many texts are available to follow on screen, or to be printed out, making this service an excellent language-learning facility.
  • All new releases are automatically added.
  • Naxos has been a leader in classical music since 1987 and Naxos AudioBooks a key label in classic spoken word since 1994. Naxos AudioBooks has received numerous international awards for its productions.
  • Listen in near CD sound quality (64Kbps; broadband or ISDN/DSL required) and FM Quality (20Kbps; suitable for a dial-up connection)

  • Naxos Web Radio is the premiere streaming service from Naxos, offering over 80 channels of quality music in pre-programmed playlists. The channels cover a range of genres from Classical Music to Jazz/Blues, from World/Folk to New Age; categories that run the gamut from Early Music to 21st Century Classics, American Classics to Chinese Classics, Film/TV Music to Wedding Music, and more. All streamed directly to you 24 hours a day, commercial-free.
  • Each channel offers a specific style/category of music streamed in 64 kbps audio quality, but if broadband connection to the Internet is not available to you, the channels are also available in 20 kbps audio quality. Each channel is updated frequently with the current day's program shown in the respective Channel Guide, including details of each track played and the album it appears in, enabling listeners to explore the tracks that were played and the ones to come.
  • New channels are added to the Naxos Web Radio service periodically and new recordings are added monthly, from Naxos' extensive music catalogue, one of the largest and fastest growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire available anywhere. These channels include New Releases; Easy Listening & Light Classics; Chamber; Early Music & Baroque; Piano; Violin; Cello; Organ, Guitar & Lute; Wind Instruments; Vocal & Choral; Opera, Ballet & Dance; National & Religious Music; American Jewish Music with Leonard Nimoy; Contemporary Classical Music; Lifestyle; World; Jazz; New Age & Pops; Music in Awards.
  • If you still cannot decide, simply click on one of the buttons beside a channel to start a 15-minutes trial of the service.
  • Purchase online Anytime while streaming music from a channel, you can conveniently purchase your favorite tracks/albums directly from our online music store,



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The Birth of Naxos
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The Philosophy of Naxos
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