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Phish Inaugurates Live Video Downloads

January 05, 2006, 3:15 PM ET

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Phish has launched what it describes as the "first-of-its-kind" service for individual live video downloads via its LivePhish.com repository. Through Jan. 15, the service is offering a free download of the New Year's Eve countdown/"Weekapaug Groove" from its 1995 concert at New York Madison Square Garden, which was recently issued as a three-CD audio set via Rhino.

Although the New Year's clip originates from a single camera positioned at the soundboard, future offerings will include "a wide variety of video from myriad sources and eras."

Songs will be sold for $1.99 and will be encoded as MPEG-4 files without digital rights restrictions. They will be playable on such popular devices as Apple's iPod Video and the Creative Zen Vision.

"This is a chance to share incredible material directly with fans that might otherwise never see the light of day in a more traditional distribution scheme," Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro says.

"Live at Madison Square Garden New Year's Eve 1995 " debuted last month at No. 15 on Billboard's Top Internet Albums chart. As previously reported, the Phish archives are expected to bring forth a DVD this year of the band's June 2004 stand at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, N.Y.

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