While browsing our “iTunes Top 10 New Releases” RSS feed, we found Beyoncé’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner from last night’s Super Bowl XXXVIII as a single. Wow! Talk about quick turn around time.
Listening to the first 10 or so seconds of the preview, it doesn’t sound live at all. But the idea is impressive. Imagine: Wake up and buy your favorite live MP3s from the gig you went to last night. How does this relate to participatory journalism? This kind of timely digital production turnaround paired with RSS distribution is a nice glimpse of where we are in new media. P.S. We’re still amazed at how few businesses (and we mean those selling products - Amazon, BestBuy, JCrew, Macy’s, etc.) are utilizing RSS as an advertising medium.
On the subject of iTunes, we’ve really enjoyed the playlist sharing over our LAN. We enjoyed the Foo Fighter’s There’s Nothing Left to Lose so much, we went to the iTunes store to buy it. Here’s the results:
Uh, no. We did not mean Too Fighters? The folks at iTunes could use a little Defensive Design love.
Semi-related: Tune Recycler: Transforming unused Pepsi soda caps into dollars for the artists. Nice idea.
Phish does this, posting audio ripped from the soundboard online the next day after their shows, for a small fee. Here’s a page of all their recent concerts with downloadable tracks: