Jam-band juggernaut Phish is expanding its "Live Phish" album release series to the Internet with the launch of "Live Phish Downloads." Based at livephish.com, the new service -- hinted at by the band
Jam-band juggernaut Phish is expanding its "Live Phish" album release series to the Internet with the launch of "Live Phish Downloads." Based at livephish.com, the new service -- hinted at by the band's Page McConnell and Mike Gordon during a recent Billboard interview -- will allow fans to purchase and download entire Phish concerts. The shows will be made available in the form of both MP3 and Shorten digital music files, the latter of which is a compressed .wav file with a higher audio quality than MP3s.
Recordings of the band's New Year's upcoming reunion concerts -- Dec. 31 in New York and Jan 2-4 in Hampton, Va. -- will officially kick off the program, with files expected to be available at the site within 48 hours of each show. The group plans to release new and archived concerts via the service throughout 2003, including shows from the group's sold-out February tour.
Prices for a full concert will vary from $9.95 to $14.95 for MP3 files and $12.95 to $18.95 for Shorten files, though an Oct. 7, 2000 concert recorded at Mountain View, Calif.'s Shoreline Amphitheater is currently available for free download from the site as a trial run of the service.
The Live Phish Downloads music files will not be protected by DRM coding, allowing users to burn them to disc or transfer them to various players. Printable, custom-designed artwork and CD labels will also be provided with each downloaded show.
Phish's latest studio album, "Round Room" (Elektra), debuted at No. 26 on The Billboard 200 this week.