Rhapsody has launched a DRM-free MP3 store. This is a big improvement. Previously, their MP3s were locked in a ghetto in the Windows desktop software. Prices seem to be $1 per album higher than Amazon, even for Rhapsody subscribers.
Nine Inch Nails are giving away their new album, The Slip, completely free.
The album of last week was Flight of the Conchords.
The album of the week is The Breeders’ Mountain Battles.
The album of the week is Gnarls Barkley’s The Odd Couple.
The album of last week was Stephen Malkmus’s Real Emotional Trash.
Nine Inch Nails new 2-hour, instrumental album is now available in a plethora of digital formats, and several physical, collector-friendly formats. And you can get the first nine tracks for free. And it’s all distributed under a Creative Commons license. Wow.
Amazon MP3 now has a Linux version of their album downloader. It’s annoying (and puzzling) that music stores force you to use these proprietary downloaders instead of just pushing you the files in a zip or something, but at least they are supporting a lot of platforms.
The album of the week is Goldfrapp’s Seventh Tree.
Yahoo! is planning to shut down its Yahoo! Music Unlimited service and redirect it’s users to Rhapsody. It’s sad to see less competition in the streaming music space, I think competition from Yahoo! drove some of the recent improvements to Rhapsody’s player software.