They Might Be Giants Launch Download Site

Band's recent catalog for sale as MP3s.

They Might Be Giants are starting a download store, selling tracks for $.99 and full-length albums for $10.

The site -- at -- offers tracks from the alternative rock duo's 2002 children's album "No!" (Rounder), the 2002 rarities compilation "They Got Lost" (Idlewild), latest full-length "The Spine" (Zoë) and the EP "The Spine Surfs Alone," as well as live shows from the 2004 "Spine Hits the Highway" tour. The remainder of the band's catalog will not be available on the site.

The band started negotiating for digital distribution rights in 1999, before the release of "No!" That album has sold 101,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"The value of digital rights is a curious negotiation; nobody wants to pay a lot money for it, but everybody wants it," guitarist John Flansburgh tells downloads are available in the MP3 format, as the band has elected to forgo digital rights management.

"From the fans' point of view, [DRM] is viewed as a pain in the ass, and it leads them back to bad behaviors such as illegal downloading," says Flansburgh.

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