Dave Matthews Band is making its entire catalogue -- including latest live RCA set "The Gorge" -- available immediately for digital distribution on Napster. Previously, this capacity was available onl

Dave Matthews Band is making its entire catalogue -- including latest live RCA set "The Gorge" -- available immediately for digital distribution on Napster. Previously, this capacity was available only on the Dave Matthews Band site.

"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.

Napster says Dave Matthews Band is among the site's most requested acts. The band has a previous relationship with Napster -- it promoted its 2001 single "I Did It" through the service's original incarnation as a peer-to-peer song-swapping site.

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