Pearl Jam Shuns Copy Protection For Concert Downloads

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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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    Carlo, 26 Aug 2005 @ 10:23am

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    Will pay for -- fixed, thanks.

    Pearl Jam's efforts are noteworthy because they are a major act that could choose to play ball with a major label again, but has eschewed that to go their own way. While they certainly aren't the first band to go down this path, they have been a leader among their peers in evolving the typical record label-based business model.

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