Major record labels are still pissed off about digital distribution. The concern that free, nearly perfect copies of songs and albums would be scattered all over the world led to a concerted effort a couple months ago by the Big Five record companies, audio companies and electronics firms to make music "secure." Called the Secure Digital Music Initiative, the goal was to ensure that computer users wouldn't dub MP3 copies of records without giving record companies a piece of the pie. Home recording on cassette recorders in the '80s raised similar alarms (VCRs were going to kill the film industry). But SDMI is dead, and record companies are still doing business. The success of Widespread Panic shows that giving away free music is good for bands -- but not necessarily for... More >>>
Tape 'em if you got 'em: Widespread Panic offers fans a real take-home experience.