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04-06-2005, 08:14 AM

This site allows you to preview full-length albums before you buy. There is a sliding scale for purchases. 50% of the purchase price goes to the artist, 50% to the website, 0% to the evil music industry. Independent artists, of course.

I have not purchased yet, but will probably go with a “Cargo Cult” download [I am streaming them at the moment]. According to the FAQ, you can download in various formats:

• 44k/16bit WAV: zip file of perfect quality WAV files.
• FLAC: zip file of perfect quality FLAC files.
• OGG: zip file of high quality OGG files.
• 128kb MP3: zip file of 128kb MP3 files.
• MP3 VBR: zip of high quality MP3 VBR files.

Seems like a reasonable compromise between stealing music and supporting the establishment music industry.

Upping the Establishment.

04-06-2005, 08:25 AM
Since everyone is bagging on Courtney Love in another thread, let's give her some credit for being WAY ahead of the curve:

She's been a proponent of this type of system for years. I have to agree, this makes a hell of a lot more sense. The company providing the delivery method gets paid for delivering it, the artist owns and profits from their music.

Screw giving some snapperhead $18 for a piece of plastic I could create myself for $0.20, especially when the artist who made the music will see little to none of it.

Here's another site I've bought from before. They're a CD and ship store (at least that's what they used to be):