New York’s independent record label Team Love, a company led by Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst has launched a new online resource offering free music from its acts.
The Team Love Library is to be a regularly changed collection of existing releases and other content from the label, with music made available in DRM-free MP3 format.
“When Team Love started we had the simple and possibly self-defeating notion that posting all our albums on the website as free downloads would be a good detour around the wreckage of the music industry and a way to avoid getting bogged down in the number one topic of discussion and distraction: piracy, illegal downloads, P2P networks and so on,” the label says online.
“Five years later and the debate still drones in the background, and while some bands have adopted a mutated version of the ‘free download’ (pay what you wish, etc), we’ve decided to reshape out policy in a different direction and introduce the Team Love Library.
Right now the offering includes full albums from Tilly & the Wall, Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, McCarthy Trenching and Capgun Coup.
“Anything you take from the library is yours to keep. You will not be notified if you fail to return something on time, and you will not lose your library privileges if you share selections with friends,” the label said of its interesting experiment.