Forget Free, Indie Band Offers To Pay People $1 To Download Album

from the could-get...-costly dept

For all the talk about the benefits of giving away music for free as opposed to charging for it, it appears that one indie bands is going even further: it will pay you $1 to download its songs. The band, Officer Roseland, has set up a website called, where it offers to pay people $1 to download its new album. You actually have the option of having the $1 sent to you via PayPal… or donated to charity (I chose to donate). It’s obviously a gimmick (and, I’m guessing the band will shut down the offer if it reaches a certain budgeted amount), but as we hear all sorts of bands whining about not getting “paid” it’s quite interesting to see a band go in the opposite direction.

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PaulT (profile) says:

Clever. The money goes to charity. Who wouldn’t want to download a free album – even if it sucks – if $1 goes to charity afterwards. If the charity option is chosen, the money comes from sponsors rather than the band itself. They’re obviously hoping that most people won’t be selfish enough to take $1, but rather take the music and donate the $1.

The only flaw in this plan is if the word gets too widespread, and they get millions of personal cash requests with no way to pay the promised money. Then again, that’s still probably safer than the average major label advance,a dn they could always discontinue the offer after a certain amount of time…

It’s gimmicky, but yet another example of a band using a no cost offer to raise the awareness of their music.

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