It's time for the next step into the digital domain: Beginning March 1st, all the live Grateful Dead archival recordings -- the two-track Dick's Picks series and the multi-track Vault series -- will be available for direct downloading through iTunes Music Store and Studio albums have been available at ITunes for some time. In the near future, certain new, previously unreleased shows will be digitally available exclusively through the iTunes Music Store and

You can access these downloads either through iTunes or through's own Apple will be offering complete shows and single songs up to ten minutes long in their AAC format. At, you can choose among four different file formats (128, 256, Windows Media, Lossless) for complete shows, but single songs won't be available.

The Grateful Dead have been on the cutting edge of music distribution for more than 30 years, and the evolution to digital sharing is not surprising. Dead Heads have always honored ethical standards in their sharing, and we think this offering represents a great combination -- it's easy to use and it's legal.

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