FREE THE MUSIC!!!
Finally... EVIDENCE that someone is figuring out how to evangelize music AND help artists & songwriters making a living, too.
Highlights from Last.fm's announcement post:
- As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website. With the support of the folks behind EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner—and the artists they work with—plus thousands of independent artists and labels, Last.fm has made the biggest legal collection of music available to play online for free, the way they believe it should be. Full-length tracks are now available in the US, UK, and Germany, and they’re hard at work broadening coverage into other countries. During this initial public beta period, each track can be played up to 3 times for free before a notice appears telling you about the upcoming subscription service.
- Last.fm will be paying artists directly. They already have licenses with the various royalty collection societies, but now unsigned artists can put their music on Last.fm and be paid directly for every song played. This helps to level the playing-field—now you can make music, upload it to Last.fm and earn money for each play. If you make music, you can sign up to participate for free.
Take it for a spin.
YAY for Last FM.
Now... go listen to some music.
And then, support the artists you love by buying their music!
(Kudos to Liz-o-licious for hippin' me to this Last.fm announcement.)