A bit more research and I find that classical music downloads sites are exploding everywhere. Here are just a few:
Again, this is just scratching the surface. What it does show is there is not only a market for classical music but potentially real choices for both artists and consumers. Since most of these sites also recommend other albums/songs/tracks to download with every selection the idea of new music or little known pieces getting a chance to be heard is even greater than waiting for an audience to appear at the concert hall or take a chance in purchasing a CD. I suspect we'll see an explosion of new composers' works on the market in the years to come (of which I will be one!). Ultimately this will create an explosion in where classical music goes as an art form as well.
Exciting news all the way 'round.