I received an email from Jon Landau today. He wrote:
"Thanks for thoughtful and heartfelt comments. All I can say is that the wristband is the first piece of what we are going to be doing and there is a whole lot more to come...JL"
With that, I am confident enough that more options are coming that I am closing down signatures on the petition.
Thank you all for signing the petition & helping to have our collective voices be heard. I will pass along any other info I receive.
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Last week, Backstreets first reported that download concert recordings were going to be made available as early as this tour. There was much celebration in E Street Nation as this is something diehard fans have wanted for a long time.
On January 17, it was announced that downloaded concert recordings would be available starting with the South African tour leg. But, it was also announced that fans would have to buy a USB wristband for $40US to be able do it.
So, you have to order an item to be able to download a show? Yes, that's right.
To make matters worse, the shows are only being offered in a lossy audio format, MP3, not a lossless format like FLAC which provides the user with a higher quality recording.
Compared to the cost of other high-profile bands and performers like Pearl Jam, Metallica and John Fogerty, the $40 price tag is FOUR TIMES more than what these other artists charge for an MP3 version of their shows.
While providing the casual fan with a nice souvenir of the show they attended, this system does nothing to take care of the diehard fans or the completist fans who want to collect a large number of shows.
We are asking that, in addition to the Wristband option, that Bruce offer his diehard fans, many of whom go to multiple shows in multiple cities travelling hundreds if not thousand of miles to see him and the mighty E Street Band, options that include better quality recordings at more affordable prices.
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