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Postal Service’s free downloads

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On March 1, 2005 @ 9:17 am In Finance,Music | Comments Disabled

Downloading is killing the music industry. At least, that’s their claim. Consider this:

Duo_1"Since the release of Give Up early last year, Sub Pop records has offered the Postal Service’s two lead singles available as free downloads on their website, and they’ve sold more than 300,000 copies of their album. Despite the fact that the songs have been downloaded for free 1.5 million times since then (or more likely because of this), Such Great Heights and The District Sleeps Alone have both been in the top 100, sometimes at the same time, on the iTunes Music Store for the past several months.

But I’ve worked with the music industry in the past… I’m pretty sure they still think we’re all a bunch of thieves."

-anildash [1] at September 23, 2004 01:14 AM

Postal_svc [2]I first mentioned Postal Service in A Different Kind of Top 10 Music List For 2004 [3]; The Postal Service downloads mentioned above can be found here [4]. The two songs are linked here:

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
From Give Up [MP3 [5] 5.43m]

Such Great Heights
From Give Up [MP3 [6] 4.07m]

Be sure to check out the live performance in the KCRW studio (real video [7]).

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URLs in this post:

[1] anildash: http://www.dashes.com/anil/2004/09/23/such_great_heig#comments

[2] Image: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000089CJI/thebigpictu09-20/103-0723737-3756617

[3] A Different Kind of Top 10 Music List For 2004: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2004/12/my_year_in_musi.html

[4] here: http://www.subpop.com/scripts/main/multimedia.php?key=bandname&value=Postal+Service

[5] MP3: http://www.subpop.com/scripts/main/download.php?url=/downloads/free/The_District_Sleeps_Alone_Tonight238.mp3&mid=238&PHPSESSID=858d5fb1c38e5dad0c15e72b9d431ea1

[6] MP3: http://www.subpop.com/scripts/main/download.php?url=/downloads/free/Such_Great_Heights_%28John_Tejada_Remix%29281.mp3&mid=281&PHPSESSID=d33fde9cc4b15aeb01201628ec0ef275

[7] (real video: http://www.kcrw.org/smil/mb030506The_Postal_Service.ram

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