Pearl Jam Shuns Copy Protection For Concert Downloads

from the elderly-woman-behind-the-counter-in-a-small-town dept

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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    jeremiah, 26 Aug 2005 @ 10:08am

    myopia

    I think your analysis is a bit myopic, TD. Pearl Jam is no more on the forefront of digital distribution than the hundreds of thousands of artists inhabiting the mp3.com's, soundlick.com's, IUMA.com's of the net. Pearl Jam may be one of the most prominent *former* major-label acts to have gone "independent" (whatever the hell that means anymore), however, the fact that this endeavor is available to them in the first place is *only* because a major, corporate record label pushed their CD's out to bazillions of listeners worldwide.

    I think your current analysis gives the impression that Pearl Jam is somehow paving a new way for artists to be commercially successful in a digital world, when the reality may be the road was paved for them a decade ago and they've just been smart enough to stay on the beaten path, as it were.

    -jj

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