Pearl Jam, Verizon Go Mobile For Live Bootlegs
Pearl Jam has struck a deal with Verizon Wireless' V Cast service to sell select tracks from the authorized live bootlegs that will be available in conjunction with the band's upcoming summer tour.Pearl Jam has struck a deal with Verizon Wireless' V Cast service to sell select tracks from the authorized live bootlegs that will be available in conjunction with the band's upcoming summer tour. The trek begins tomorrow (June 11) in West Palm Beach, Fla.
This extension of Pearl Jam's long-running live bootleg program will result in three tracks from each show (including Bonnaroo) immediately being available via V Cast and PearlJamConcerts.com: one as a free mobile download, and two others for purchase.
All V Cast tracks will be "dual downloads," meaning once purchased, they are sent to both the mobile phone and the user's computer. They will feature Verizon's existing DRM system, and will also be sold as ringtones and ringbacks.
The Verizon deal also includes mobile tickets. Any fan downloading any type of Pearl Jam content from V Cast -- going back to the beginning of the year -- is eligible to win seats to an upcoming show. Winning fans will receive their ticket directly to their phone, in the form of a barcode that can be scanned at the venue's entrance.
In addition, DRM-free digital tour bootlegs will be sold in FLAC format. A less expensive MP3 option will also be available, with all digital versions hitting PearlJam.com exclusively two weeks following each show.
And while in the past Pearl Jam has utilized a proprietary download tool to help fans manage acquisition of their bootlegs, "We aren't using a download manager this time around," Pearl Jam fan club manager Tim Bierman tells Billboard.com. "Customers will download through their individual browsers. Those needing help with larger files/slower connections will be advised to use a free download manager available on the Web."
The bootleg series, which began on CD in 2000 but went digital-only for Pearl Jam's 2006 tour, will once again have a physical component this summer. CDs will be manufactured on demand and will be mailed within three weeks of the show. "The packaging will be consistent with previous bootleg endeavors," Bierman says.
The Pearl Jam camp says more than 3.5 million copies of the live bootlegs have been sold since the program's inception.
Additional reporting by Antony Bruno, Denver.