Pearl Jam's been at the forefront of digital distribution, choosing to use the net and go its own way after it fulfilled its record contract, a move that's worked out well for them. The band's got a history of making concert recordings readily available to fans, but now will sell unrestricted MP3s of its concerts just hours after they finish online. The recordings, which will be mixed on the fly by the band's producer, will cost just $10 and include photos from the show. Pearl Jam joins a number of bands offering copy protection-free downloads of live shows, something that's proven to be a very lucrative business for some of them. Instead of trying to turn their fans into criminals, these bands realize that making material easily available without stupid restrictions is something that people will pay for.
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