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Grateful Dead music, shows coming to iTunes

updated 12:25 pm EST, Fri March 19, 2004

Grateful Dead on iTMS

The Grateful Dead is to make every live note they've ever recorded available for download, according to Rocky Mountain News: "'The band has recorded all of its live shows since the late '60s, at first 'just so we could listen back, see what it sounded like and make any changes.'...And compared to most music at iTunes, the Dead's jams are a bargain, he says with a laugh. 'At 99 cents a tune, it's a pretty decent price, because most of our tunes are pretty long.'"




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  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wow...

    wow wow wow.
    wow!
    this is very very cool if they can pull it off.
    steve should ovver the same thing to the beatles' both the sony/atv and apple corps - make it an exclusive to itms and it'll be quite the cherry on top

  1. graey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    And the chances

    of Apple Computers scoring a deal like that with Apple Records would be.......what?

  1. spacefreak

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Etree.org

    Why pay for this stuff when you can get these live shows with better, lossless sound quality elsewhere for free?

  1. emil

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    soundboard recordings?

    the recording quality must be better... free ones are AUDs, right? plus, you dont' have to spend the time hunting them down.

  1. JFlexy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ha ha

    I was just going to warn the guy who used the R word to cut it out or he'd be banned, and his post is already gone.


    Warning: I used the R word a couple of times and the mods banned me (reminds me of when Comic Book Store Guy banned Bart and Milhouse for life).

  1. nickgold2012

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    very cool

    I sorta like the Dead, but I wouldn't call myself a fan by any means. But I can see myself picking up a show that has a really spaced-out Dark Star, cuz I dig it.

    This is a win for iTunes, in that it is expanding into different areas that a traditional music store wouldn't delve into.

    And as for the sound quality -- I can only imagine that even at 128 AAC, these shows will sound a lot better than the concert DAT recordings copied to analog tape, and then copies of copies of copies of that tape float around, which most fans are listening to.


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  1. dav

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    R

    the "R" word???

  1. ima_pseudonym

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Quality

    This is great news, but I'll probably stick with the stuff on etree.org - Many of those shows are from soundboard patches and are very low generation. When combined with the fact that there is no lossy compresison, and no gaps between songs (as one would have for iTMS), the stuff available from the trading community is easily worth the time to download.

  1. Sinemacula

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'll go broke!

    I can see myself spending way more than I've got available if they make this deal! I just don't have the time or inclination to search around for the "shared" stuff... so I'd probably go the iTMS route... and then fast one day/week to pay for it all!

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    apple/apple

    steve's got to go to them as a negotiator - sony/atv should do this in a heartbeat, and as for apple corps, it's a win-win - h***, if steve offered to do it at no profit and get them in the door, they get the best outlet to date for online music - which is how things are going to go... they need to get on the bandwagon

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