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Naxos to Close Online Music Streaming Service After Just a Year

Naxos has this week announced they will shut down their high-quality audio streaming platform Classics Online - just over 12 months since its launch

Naxos has this week announced they will shut down their high-quality audio streaming platform Classics Online - just over 12 months since its launch.

Naxos owner Klaus Heymann has indicated the decision was made following a series of technical problems - and due to the overly competitive nature of the audio streaming market.

He also indicated that the hefty licensing fees demanded by a number of the major international record labels has left the desired subscription-based revenue model unsustainable.

‘I don’t feel that terrible about it because nobody offering streaming is making money ... ’  Heymann, 80, who founded the Naxos budget classical music recording label in 1987, has said.

‘Nobody is making money from it', he has insisted.

Hermans has suggested the Singapore-based company will now focus their efforts on the education-oriented Naxos Music Library - which offers subscriptions only to schools, colleges and individuals involved in music professionally.

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