Why don’t more bands make their concerts available?

As I type this, I’m listening to a bootleg of the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band July 27 show from Giants Stadium. The quality is fairly strong, for a bootleg, and it’s always fun for me to relive a show I attended and enjoyed. But why can’t I listen to a CD-quality version of this show?

I’ve never understood why more bands don’t make their concerts available for downloading. I realize the overhead of producing CDs would be way too high, although Pearl Jam released an entire leg of its tour on CD a few years back. But how much could it possibly cost to put the files on a server and make them available for download?

Fans will buy them. I have no doubts about this at all. And even if piracy is a concern, as I said before, the overhead costs are minimal, so how much would really be lost?

Of all bands, Metallica, the band at the forefront of the war against Napster, is offering people who buy tickets to its upcoming tour live downloads of the shows they attend. And Barenaked Ladies has been offering live downloads for years.

I really wish more bands would get with the program on this. And if anyone even remotely associated with Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band happens to read this blog, please start with the July 31 Giants Stadium show.

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