I found this music website with a really neat model. Music rage finds relatively unknown bands, and bundles their albums together. The idea is to help expose people to music they wouldn’t have ever heard elsewhere.
They sell them on a pay-what-you-want basis for a limited period of time (they have a countdown timer). What’s really neat is that not only do you get to pay what you want, but you also get to decide how much of a split Music Rage gets. Very cool.
Here’s what they say:
You, the customer, decide how much you’ll pay for the whole pack. You also decide how much goes to MusicRage itself (to keep it up and running) and how much goes directly to artists. And we really mean directly: no labels or other middlemen, 100% going straight to people that made these works of musical art. You decide how much the work of those artists is worth and how much you want to pay them for their work. You, as the consumers of culture, are its sole patrons.
Just make up your mind quickly, as each pack is sold within a very limited timeframe and there’s no way to stretch it!
All the music bought on Music Rage is not only DRM-free, but also available in two audio formats: lossless FLAC and high-quality MP3 (LAME’s ‘standard’ preset).
I love it. Here’s to supporting alternative models for music distribution. Cheers guys.