I could not support this more, and will be signing up for the $5/mo basic subscription at Last.FM this evening. Why? Cause of this article over at TechCrunch. Not sure how I missed this, but Last.FM has setup a way for unsigned artists and bands to get paid when their music plays – by cutting out the middle man. You can read the full rundown here.
So, why is this such a big deal to me? Because I am a music pirate. I use the FM radio, Internet Radio, and other ways to listen to music that I haven’t paid a penny for. I’m also an active participant in the Internet, and I really hate seeing the things that the R.I.A.A. is doing. So, I’ve already stopped purchasing anything that contributes directly to the R.I.A.A., so that they have less resources to operate with, and I hope that you’ve done the same. By now taking part in Last.FM’s program as a music listener, I can continue to enjoy and discover new music while giving the R.I.A.A. the finger at the same time. Brilliant.