The Free Music Archive: Songs Get Unbound
We’ve recently been spending some time exploring the Free Music Archive, an interactive library of music downloads created in an effort to continue in the tradition of radio by offering the public access to a steady stream of new music. The project is a collaboration being directed by indie stalwart WFMU in partnership with KEXP, dublab, KBOO, ISSUE Project Room, and CASH Music among others. The website brings a curatorial vision alongside a new business model that hopes to benefit the musicians involved, extending both their reach and revenues. From dedicated artist pages, visitors are given the option to purchase albums from an artist’s preferred vendor, as well as “tip” the artists directly through PayPal. The scope of the project is already impressive with its intuitive site design and eclectic mix of artists, genres and live tracks and we suspect it will only get better with time.