Music as app
Nineties hitmakers The Presidents of the United States of America are releasing all four of their albums to iPhone users in one application – for the bargain-basement price of $3. Also included in The Presidents' Music – PUSA [iTunes link] are rare and unreleased tracks and images. Most bands, Wired explains, couldn't do something like this because they don't own all the rights to their music. As TechDirt points out, the experiment blows the $1/song model out of the water, but it isn't optimal – if bands begin releasing their own applications, users will have to launch each app to get at their music. The streamlined song, album, and artist navigation that ships with music players will be lost.
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