BBC Radio 3 has scored a major coup in the UK download sector by passing ghe million download mark for its recent Beethoven Experience series, part of which allowed listeners to download all nine Beethoven symphonies, performed by the BBC Philharmomic Orchestra, for free. The trial was spread across a month and proved very popular with listeners but not however with the classical music labels who are reported in the UK press to be somewhat unhappy that such a move could devalue classical music. Should any of the symphonies have been eligible, the downloads would have given Beethoven a number one in the UK charts!

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