LIVEDOWNLOADS.COM SETS UP SHOP

New Year’s Eve marked the successful launch of LiveDownloads.com, a premium music download service from the leader in online live music distribution, nugs.net. Within hours of each show, fans of The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and The Radiators were able to log in to livedownloads.com and download mastered, CD-quality soundboard recordings of each band’s New Year’s Eve concert.


Photo by Tony Stack
Yonder Mountain String Band played two sold-out nights at Denver’s Paramount Theater, while The String Cheese Incident performed three sold-out nights at The Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The Radiators performed at B.B. King Blues Club in New York. All three bands kicked off their live music download programs through LiveDownloads.com, offering complete recordings of each concert. LiveDownloads.com also features five album releases from Yonder Mountain Records, the first record label to release albums as true CD-quality downloads. All music on the site is available in MP3 and CD-quality FLAC formats.

LiveDownloads.com is powered by nugs.net, the music service provider behind the popular free download site of the same name. In 2002 Phish partnered with nugs.net to create the ground-breaking service LivePhish.com, which offers downloads of every concert Phish plays within 48 hours of each performance. Brad Serling, nugs.net founder and CEO, says, “Since launching LivePhish.com we’ve been approached by many artists, but not everyone was ready to launch a private-label service like we had done for Phish. Through LiveDownloads.com, we can empower artists to create a new revenue stream immediately through music downloads without the upfront cost of building their own distribution channels.” LivePhish.com, for example, generated over $2.25 million in 2003 and set the precedent for direct band to fan live concert downloads.

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[Published on: 1/9/04]

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