Something Phishy This Way Comes
from the a-music-download-system-that-works? dept
Jimmy Gutterman thinks that Phish may have discovered a way to make downloadable music that works. They’re offering fans, for $15, the ability to log into their website and download CD-quality tracks of their live performances (soon after the actual performances occur), and even include CD label artwork that the fans can use to burn their own CDs. They even have a link to let people buy blank CDs, labels, and cases from their site if they need them. I agree that this is a sensible plan for a band that has a huge (and obsessive) following, but I’m not sure it’s as big a deal for smaller bands. It lacks the most important thing about downloadable/shareable music: the fact that fans can help promote the bands to their friends by letting them listen to the music. However, for larger, well known bands, perhaps it does make sense. Smaller bands, who tend to make whatever little money they make from touring, anyway, can still offer free downloads/music sharing to promote themselves until they’re large enough to offer similar “fan club” type services.