The mega successful band Counting Crows has partnered with BitTorrent to release a selection of tracks from their latest album for free. The Counting Crows package includes 4 MP3 tracks from the ‘Underwater Sunshine’ album, plus album art and liner notes.
It’s great to see a group of musicians releasing their material free and legal in this manner, and with the blessing of their recording label. Lead singer Adam Duritz is quoted as saying:
I don’t know why everybody’s not doing it, torrents are a great way for musicians to get their music out to a wider audience. The big challenge for bands these days is not sales but obscurity. Nobody’s got a boombox and nobody’s listening to radio. A pipeline is still a pipeline… it’s a conduit to the entire world for free.
It’s certainly a refreshingly alternative attitude to what has been largely emanating from within the entertainment industry of late and one which, in my opinion, is steeped in common sense.
Download the Counting Crows bundle (28.2MB) from THIS PAGE. (NOTE: You will need a torrent client already set up).