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  • Where's Runnicles: The Flying Dutchman at ENO, or in which the ship just never quite sets sail
    us you can now listen to the Where s Runnicles Podcast Charles Mackerras 1925 2010 Read our tribute to the late great conductor Charles Mackerras Subscribe to where s Runnicles Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments About us Welcome to where s Runnicles a blog founded by brothers Tam and Finn while sharing a flat in Edinburgh Finn is now based in Lincoln Our purpose to talk about the arts in general classical music and the Edinburgh Festival in particular And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours contacting us with offers Contributors Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Andrew Pugsley Freebies Press Stuff If you re a press officer or arts organisation or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can

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  • Where's Runnicles: There's Runnicles, Don Carlo at Deutsche Oper or A Dramatic Reading Triumphs Over the Odd Obstacle
    And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours contacting us with offers Contributors Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Andrew Pugsley Freebies Press Stuff If you re a press officer or arts organisation or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1

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  • Where's Runnicles: Rienzi at Deutsche Oper, or, Not Quite the Conflagration I Was Banking On
    lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 Rienzi at Deutsche Oper or Not Quite the Conflag There s Runnicles Jenufa at Deutsche Oper or Ch Kozena Kaufmann Rattle and the Berliner Philharm Babes in Arms at The Union or A Show to Make You March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7

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  • Where's Runnicles: There's Runnicles – Jenufa at Deutsche Oper, or Christof Loy makes very nearly good
    ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 Rienzi at Deutsche Oper or Not Quite the Conflag There s Runnicles Jenufa at Deutsche Oper or Ch Kozena Kaufmann Rattle and the Berliner Philharm Babes in Arms at The Union or A Show to Make You March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October 10

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  • Where's Runnicles: Belohlavek, Aimard and the Berliner Philharmoniker play Janacek, Schoenberg and Brahms at the Philharmonie
    like this before yet I ve heard accounts from them on disc that have failed to engage me so Bělohlávek s contribution mattered In short while hearing the Berlin Philharmoniker anywhere is great experience visiting them on their home turf is something quite special On the way out I briefly toyed with the idea of a memento but 39 for t shirt seemed a little steep and while the mugs were more reasonable they were a slightly odd shape I must look elsewhere for a new work mug feel free to make recommendations in the comments below In a sidenote they wanted over 20 for some of Rattle s single disc recordings This chimes with my visit to Dussmann s superb classical department CDs here are massively overpriced compared to the UK though for some things Amazon de can be cheaper Those with a digital concert hall subscription should make sure they catch this concert Those in London can catch the Berliners at their two BBC Proms with Rattle in September I myself will next see them in February 2011 when they come to London for their hotly anticipated and already sold out four day residence Labels 2009 10 Season Concert Reviews Tam No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Search Where s Runnicles Loading Where s Runnicles Photos where s Runnicles on Twitter Tweets by wheresrunnicles Where s Runnicles on Facebook Where s Runnicles on Spotify The Where s Runnicles Podcast As well as reading us you can now listen to the Where s Runnicles Podcast Charles Mackerras 1925 2010 Read our tribute to the late great conductor Charles Mackerras Subscribe to where s Runnicles Posts Atom Posts Comments Atom Comments About us Welcome to where s Runnicles a blog founded by brothers Tam and Finn while sharing a flat in Edinburgh Finn is now based in Lincoln Our purpose to talk about the arts in general classical music and the Edinburgh Festival in particular And of course Donald Runnicles more Contact us Please state clearly if information is not for publication We take pride in offering a site free of adverts shameless plugs aside so please don t waste your time and ours contacting us with offers Contributors Finn Pollard Tam Pollard Andrew Pugsley Freebies Press Stuff If you re a press officer or arts organisation or artist or anything and are wondering if we d like to review something you re doing you re welcome to get in touch with us we may have no idea about it or we may be coming already Please do feel free to add us to your mailing lists for press releases or invite us to season launches and the like We do not accept free tickets or review CDs not available to the general public See here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 Belohlavek Aimard and the Berliner Philharmoniker There s Runnicles all change for Siegfried in Be Where s Runnicles in Dresden Fidelio at the Semp There s Runnicles Die Walküre at Deutsche Oper There s Runnicles Das Rheingold at Deutsche Oper Christian Zacharian and the Scottish Chamber Orche Scottish Opera presents The Excursions of Mr Brouč Here

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  • Where's Runnicles: Babes in Arms at The Union, or A Show to Make You Smile
    here for more detail as to why BlogCatalog Blog Catalog Blog Directory Where s Runnicles is very proud to have been ranked by Creative Tourist as one of the UK s top 10 arts and culture blogs Categories 2008 9 Season 44 2009 10 Season 62 2010 11 Season 52 2011 12 Season 21 2012 13 Season 6 2013 14 Season 5 2014 15 Season 2 About 16 Album of the Week 8 Aldeburgh 54 Almeida Theatre 5 Barbican 33 BBC Proms 34 BBC SSO 57 Book Reviews 4 Broadcast Reviews 16 CD Reviews 34 City Halls 31 Coliseum 36 Concert Reviews 267 Dance Reviews 10 Discography 3 Donald Runnicles 79 Donmar Warehouse 6 Ears Today 15 Edinburgh Festival 161 EIF 2005 6 EIF 2006 6 EIF 2007 18 EIF 2008 9 EIF 2009 16 EIF 2010 22 EIF 2011 23 EIF 2012 17 EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 Rienzi at Deutsche Oper or Not Quite the Conflag There s Runnicles Jenufa at Deutsche Oper or Ch Kozena Kaufmann Rattle and the Berliner Philharm Babes in Arms at The Union or A Show to Make You March 12 February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July

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  • Where's Runnicles: The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar, or, The Moment at the End of the Play
    EIF 2013 18 EIF 2014 11 EIF 2015 15 EIF 2016 1 Features 38 Festival Hall 15 Festival Theatre 30 Film Reviews 36 Finn 275 Guest Blogs 2 Guest Reviews 2 Interviews 1 LSO 26 Mackerras 36 Mr P 5 Musical Theatre Reviews 44 National Theatre 16 Obituaries 6 Opera Reviews 137 Podcast 2 Queen s Hall 65 Royal Opera House 39 RSNO 55 SCO 2007 18 Scottish Chamber Orchestra 90 Shameless Plugs 25 Tam 480 Theatre Reviews 105 Track of the Day 1 TV Reviews 10 Usher Hall 115 Where s Runnicles Awards Every now and again usually towards the end of one of my reviews I suggest that an artist has done something so remarkable they deserve an award So I give them an elaborately named one A full list and fuller explanation can be found here Interestingly to date James Lowe is the only person to have won two Well actually we ve now given three to Donald Runnicles but they were all for the same thing Astonishingly Charles Mackerras has yet to gain even one There s time yet though Blog Archive 2015 34 December 4 November 1 October 2 August 13 July 3 June 3 May 1 March 2 February 3 January 2 2014 43 December 4 October 5 September 1 August 11 July 2 June 5 May 2 April 2 March 8 February 1 January 2 2013 52 December 2 November 1 September 2 August 17 July 6 June 5 May 5 April 2 March 9 February 2 January 1 2012 90 December 7 November 5 October 3 August 18 July 10 June 13 May 9 April 4 March 12 The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar or The Mome Classical music download stores in 2012 In Basildon at the Royal Court or An Eloquent So EIF 2012 The Opera and Drama Programme There s Runnicles and more the BBC SSO unveil th The Scottish Chamber Orchestra announce their 2012 Oundjian and the RSNO launch their 2012 13 season Sondheim s Company or Third Time Round is the Cha From Bach to Beamish a weekend of playing and sin The 2012 Edinburgh International Festival Dvorak s Rusalka at the Royal or Much Ado About N Here s Runnicles with Tristan und Isolde February 7 January 2 2011 109 December 2 November 1 October 8 September 7 August 24 July 15 June 5 May 5 April 10 March 11 February 11 January 10 2010 161 December 5 November 7 October 17 September 9 August 21 July 19 June 14 May 11 April 13 March 15 February 15 January 15 2009 171 December 14 November 11 October 10 September 21 August 26 July 10 June 18 May 10 April 21 March 10 February 11 January 9 2008 70 December 9 November 3 October 11 September 4 August 13 June 15 May 7 April 3 March 2 February 2 January 1 2007 58 December 4 November 5 October 8 September 4 August 11 July 7 June 5 May

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  • Where's Runnicles: Why are music download stores so useless? (If you're a Mac/iPod user)
    and PC compatibility and a wide range of record labels It should therefore be ideal It isn t Firstly quite a lot of stuff especially from Universal is not lossless Certainly buying is much less painful than with Chandos at first Their search is okay though it has an annoying bias towards compilations in its results Purchasing too is straightforward and all three tracks from the Marwood Ades COE recording of Ades violin concerto were on my desktop as one zip file nice and neatly Then there s compatibility and everything falls apart Their site claims You can use a PC or Mac with a broadband connection and any of the following browsers Internet Explorer Firefox Safari or Opera Now I suppose this is technically true After all I was able to download the tracks The trouble is they use the FLAC format It s an open source and by all accounts very fine format There s just one problem Apple don t like it and if you try to import them into iTunes nothing happens Of course there are other media players that you can use such as Videolan which will play the files without issue However I just don t care I like a huge number of other people use iTunes I have nearly three months worth of music in there it talks to my iPod and iPhone and I have no desire to use anything else That means that if the FLAC files won t get into iTunes I m going to be very cross and Passionato are going to get a stiffly worded e mail demanding a refund Of course in these days of high technology it should be doable and with my degree in engineering I m a pretty tech savvy guy I should be able to do it And I can indeed report that it is doable It just isn t easy or at least finding a way that s reasonably easy takes some searching At the very least it is exceptionally misleading of Passionato not to include some kind of disclaimer on their site to this effect While I was able to solve the problem I can well imagine most others not doing so and getting justifiably very angry Since this won t be of interest to everyone I will save details of how this can be done until the end Furthermore Passionato s description of getting music onto your iPod while accurate for MP3s is just flat wrong for FLACs This is staggeringly stupid While Mac users may only represent a small share of the market iPod users do not it s the most successful device of its kind on the planet and building a store that isn t iPod friendly is a bit like building a petrol station that only serves three wheeled vehicles However the net result is a big fat FAIL for Passionato too for compatibility and misleading statements on their website However like Chandos it s a fairly easy fix just offer a format that works with Macs and iPods and is lossless They could also try to persuade Apple to just support FLAC but I suspect the former will be easier Note if you are happy with MP3 at 320kbps Passionato is a good site similarly now I have gone through the steps detailed below it is okay for lossless for me The FLAC problem also exists with other stores I haven t tested such as Linn Records a shame since they also offer studio master quality FAIL for them and anyone else not offering high quality Mac iPod friendly downloads There may be an online store out there I haven t mentioned one that has a good catalogue CD quality downloads or better and is fully and easily Mac iPod compatible If it exists I haven t found it if you have please let me know You may think I ve been a little unfair Certainly it is true that if you re happy with below CD quality then Passionato Chandos and iTunes all offer a decent and easy service though Chandos s data rates are on the low side for MP3 It should also be noted that while Passionto is 320kbps MP3 and iTunes is 256kbps AAC AAC is a more efficient codec and so probably sounds as good or arguably better However I feel it s not unreasonable to expect download sites to offer at least the sound quality of the CDs they aim to replace and ease of use at the same time Finally since I now have a fairly simple way of converting FLACs into AIFFs see below I may use Passionato again as the experience should now be fairly painless However in terms of the average user the time it took me to get them working and the misleading statements on their website the verdict for them remains a fail The Technical Bit FLAC into iTunes will go ish PLEASE NOTE these instructions are for Macs only I m running an Intel Mac OS 10 5 7 with Quicktime 7 6 2 and iTunes 8 2 So after much Googling tearing out of hear and banging my head against a brick wall I did in the end manage to get FLACs playing in iTunes and my Passionato downloads onto my iPod However someone less tech savvy would long since have given up and gone home so too someone who didn t have anything better to do with his afternoon The first question is do you have to keep the files as FLACs If you re happy to turn them into something else this is by far and away the simplest solution and the only way you will get them onto your iPod Simply download xACT install it by dragging it into your applications folder then launch it Select the decode tab furthest left choose between AIFF and WAV output click add bottom left to choose the FLAC files and then click decode The AIFF files produced can then easily be imported into iTunes you can then put them into Apple Lossless format to take up less space However what if you want to get the FLACs themselves playing in iTunes This can be done but it is far from simple After much googling I found this explanation from one Napoleon12 I think the below sets out his instructions slightly more clearly 1 Install the XiphQT plugin Go here to download it To install simply follow the instructions contained in the readme file the folder it asks you to copy the file to may not exist if so create it 2 Then go here Download the first file flac import 0 5b1 p0 1 dmg and install it following the instructions in the readme file Once you have done this you will be able to play the FLACs in Quicktime but not yet iTunes 3 From the same site download the third file set OggS 0 1 dmg This contains two applications Set OggS and Clear OggS Copy them to your applications folder 4 Restart both iTunes and Quicktime in fact for good measure you should probably restart the whole computer 5 Select the FLAC files and drag them onto the Set OggS app A window will pop up to tell you it s done this and you can then click quit 6 You should now be able to add the files to iTunes in the normal way 7 Should you want you can then put the FLAC files back to normal by dragging them over the Clear OggS app This gets the FLACs into iTunes and they will play However funny things do happen when you try to change track names or alter other tags I am also told they will not send wirelessly to Airport Express or suchlike They will also not play on your iPod It is also entirely possible that future releases of iTunes and Quicktime will render all of this useless There you go clear and simple what more could you ask for Note to self excessive sarcasm is not helpful This isn t quite true Apparently some iPods can be rigged with 3rd party firmware and made to play FLACs but I don t want to go there Update 26 6 09 Response from Chandos I have had a response from Chandos which I reproduce below I thought it would be useful to drop you a line It s great that blogs such as yours offer the opportunity for debate and user opinion It is a shame that you were unhappy with the experience at The Classical Shop We are constantly working to improve the quality of the site by widening the labels on offer and also working to improve the usability of the site so we always welcome customer comments We were aware that we needed to offer mac users the opportunity to download AIFF files and have recently added these to our offer It is interesting to hear your experience of downloading in this format and I will pass your comments on to my colleagues If it is possible to make this process smoother then we will certainly aim to do so I d also like to apologise that nobody from the company replied to you over the Christmas period We were closed down over the break and it would have said so on the site but of course somebody should have replied to you on our return We regularly receive commendation for our customer service so this is very much out of character We have a growing database of users and in the main there is nothing but praise for the site and our content but if you have any further recommendations for improvements you feel should be made to the site then please do not hesitate to contact me I should further note that if you are using a PC iTunes should import the lossless WMA files which you can according to the Chandos site download as one zipped file I haven t tried this but if this is the case Chandos would be highly recommended for PC users Mac users who are also running Windows on their machine therefore have a reasonable if somewhat cumbersome workaround Lastly I would like to stress my negative comments about Chandos are purely in relation to the user experience offered to Mac users interested in high quality downloads and not a comment on the label more generally which I greatly admire and which has produced some exceptional recordings Labels CD Reviews Tam 4 comments aneverymanforhimself 1 July 2009 at 11 06 You have me torn Tam I agree with you on so much that you ve written about either the horrible sound quality or else the horrible user experience offered by some music download sites Not difficult to see why so many people share files illegally is it On the other hand I do feel that a tech savvy guy like you should know better than to settle for Apple s lame iTunes media player It s eye wateringly bad for numerous reasons and when compared to the less slick but technically superior alternatives like foobar2000 MediaMonkey and Winamp it s shown up embarrassingly as the bloatware it truly is I know you ve said you re not interested in looking beyond iTunes but there IS software out there that spanks Apple s closed architecture closed minded excuse for a media player and I d urge you to consider broadening your horizons I ll go further and say that iTunes is really for those who know no better and something tells me that s not you FK Reply Delete Tam Pollard 1 July 2009 at 19 37 You raise some interesting points Out of interest though are you using a Mac or a PC since I m not sure the alternatives you list are on the Mac Versiontracker doesn t seem to list them Why do I use iTunes Well I always have though that s not necessarily a reason to carry on One reason I like Macs I ve used them for over a decade is that for the most part everything just works And while I can and do tinker around at the edges that integration of hardware and software is a key selling point for me I ve never had any complaints against iTunes until now Of course I need to have iTunes as I m not sure there is another way to manage my iPhone without jailbreaking it though there probably is for my iPod It is true that their refusal to support FLAC is mindbogglingly stupid It is probably also true that I could figure a work around with an alternative bit of software but I m not exactly clear save for the FLAC issue to what what I d be gaining The FLAC issue could of course be sorted by swapping the iPod for something else but it is a fantastic piece of design and I have seen little to indicate there are other MP3 players I would like better Leaving all that aside though most people other people are going to stick with iTunes on the Mac even if some can and do investigate alternatives and so it is foolish of the stores not to cater for them better Reply Delete aneverymanforhimself 1 July 2009 at 19 53 You re absolutely right Tam when you say that iTunes is the media player of choice for Mac users And in essence there s little wrong with that if your needs are pretty basic and accord with what Apple wants Putting aside my own dislike of the Cult of Apple if it s white and has an i in front of it it must be cool I m fairly certain that enterprising individuals HAVE come up with solutions workarounds alternatives to iTunes slavery for the Mac faithful But as a PC user I d hate to be tied to say the shocking piece of I won t say it but I m talking about Windows Media Player obviously That s why I appreciate having the choice you get with PCs Okay so they don t always integrate quite as seamlessly as everything Mac But they DO give you acres of wiggle room to experiment explore and implement a software environment that suits your needs And in my case I NEED a media player designed for a power user fully customisable and can handle natively whatever I throw at it So foobar2000 it is then FK Reply Delete Anonymous 31 October 2009 at 07 58 Do not use Passionato Are they a scam As at 31 October 09 I await any sort of reply from Passionato Customer Service after being told to contact them 24 October 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