Dave Matthews Band is making its entire catalogue -- including its latest live RCA live set "The Gorge" -- available immediately for digital distribution via Napster.

Dave Matthews Band is making its entire catalogue -- including its latest live RCA live set "The Gorge" -- available immediately for digital distribution via Napster. Previously, this capacity was available only on Dave Matthews Band's official Web site. In 2000, DMB made its single "I Did It" available for download from Napster, which was still a renegade file-swapping outpost at the time.

"This is a very good incremental step towards filling the holes in the digital catalogue, and it adds momentum to other major holdout artists to reconsider their stance," says market research firm Inside Digital Media's president Phil Leigh.

The group leaves behind franchise artists such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Radiohead, AC/DC, Bob Seger, Garth Brooks and Elvis Costello, who have not licensed their work to a major digital music service.

"It sends a huge message because the more franchise artists that make their music available, the better shot we have at impacting peer-to-peer," says Napster VP of label and artist relations Michelle Santosuosso.

Best Buy, a strategic marketing partner of Napster, will also promote the news in its stores nationwide.

The band's site will continue to carry the digital catalog, while Napster will be an exclusive digital music service partner through Aug. 22. After that date the digital service will carry the catalogue non-exclusively.

Dave Matthews Band is in the midst of a summer North American tour, which hits Hartford, Conn., tomorrow (July 16). The group has also reportedly signed on for a Sept. 12 benefit concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park sponsored by Budweiser.

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