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Today I drank the slashdot kool-aid and made my CD downloadable on a try-before-you-buy basis. The whole CD is up as a 50MB zip file containing all 11 songs - in high quality MP3 format (we used lame with the "-V2 --vbr-new" flags) - no DRM, copy protection blah, blah.
Well, I guess I didn't quite drink all the kool-aid because I'm still hoping some people will actually buy the CD (or the download) after they've decided they like it. I still don't like the idea that a musician should be compensated through selling T-shirts (how many T-shirts do people need?) or live shows, when the 'product' most people want is the recorded music. Still, maybe it's only a matter of time...
At the moment I have only linked to it from my Slashdot sig, we'll see what happens!