Pearl Jam Partners With Verizon On Mobile Bootlegs
Pearl Jam has partnered with Verizon Wireless to sell live songs from the band’s upcoming 12-city U.S. tour.
Three songs from each show will be available after the concert on Verizon’s V Cast service and PearlJamConcerts.com. One song will be a free mobile download and the other two will be available for purchase.
Once the V Cast tracks are purchased they will be sent to the users mobile phone and computer. The songs will have Verizon’s digital rights management system and will be sold as ringtones and ringbacks.
The Verizon partnership includes mobile tickets. Fans downloading Pearl Jam content from V Cast will be eligible to win tickets to an upcoming show. Tickets will be sent to the phones of winning fans in the form of a barcode that can be scanned at the concerts venue.
Previously, Pearl Jam has used a proprietary tool to allow fans to purchase their bootlegs but the band is not doing so this time. Pearl Jam fan club manager Tim Bierman told Billboard.com,"Customers will download through their individual browsers. Those needing help with larger files/slower connections will be advised to use a free download manager available on the Web."
Pearl Jam’s bootleg series started on CD in 2000 and then moved to digital-only for the band’s 2006 tour. CDs will be available for the band’s summer tour and will be made on demand and mailed within three weeks of the show.