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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    phish squirrel, 26 Aug 2005 @ 1:05pm

    Phish does this as well

    They allow taping of their concerts, and even have bought old recordings to have a complete set of old concerts online.

    I believe that there was a recent posting either here or on slashdot about the underground swapping of bootleg tapes that goes on.

    Besides the fact that you can listen to the music that made your concert memorable, when you like it in the future, you also get a bit of extra from the live performances that you don't get with the studio recordings, or even with "live" recordings put out. The live product usually is scripted more than most realize anymore.

    Also improvisational bands like catching what they did for their own reference and learning, more than studio type performers. I imagine that this is the factor that will determine more what a band is comfortable with than anything else.

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