John

REM Takes The Digital Plunge on iLike

In News on March 19, 2008 at 3:21 am

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Following the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead in offering their music for free online, REM is supposedly the next “digital breakthrough artist” by giving–or, rather streaming–their songs online via iLike. Reports Anders Bylund from Ars Techica:

The grandfathers of alternative rock will have their new album, Accelerate, on store shelves in two weeks. But one week ahead of the physical release, Accelerate will be available for free streaming in its entirety through iLike, the online music service best known for its Facebook-based incarnation. You could stream lead single “Supernatural Superserious” from remhq.com since early February, and the band invited fans to mash up the video at will.

Sure, Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails may have gone a few steps further into the digital future, but they’re free agents.

I’m not sure whether this really warrants the hype–I remember OutKast streaming their entire album “Idlewild” on MySpace, and the folks on Last.fm have a fair bit of music streaming as well–okay, a helluva lot. Downloading it for free like Radiohead’s and NIN’s latest album–now that warrants some news.

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