It's pretty common these days for musical releases from big name bands to leak early, followed by the band pushing up the release date. In the latest such case (sent in by reader Matthew), the band MGMT had its latest album leaked early, and then responded by putting up a free streaming version
of the entire album. They're not the first band to do this, but what's interesting is the note on the band's website
, where they claim they wanted to actually make the whole thing downloadable, but were told that wasn't allowed:
Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn't make sense to anyone but us
Well, actually, it makes sense to lots of us, but we're not running Sony Music. It's great that the band was able to put out a streaming version, and doesn't seem to mind that the album itself leaked, but not putting up an official downloadable version means that people will still be getting the unofficial version, and MGMT and Sony miss out on an opportunity to actually connect with the fans (such as by asking for an email address or giving people additional reasons to buy as they download).