One more reason to love Last.fm: selected free (legal) MP3s. Music artists can choose to have select tracks available for free download by users; users can browse through them by genre tags and download at will.
It’s a great method for new bands to expand their listening base (I’ll be blogging about Racetrack and The Dellas, both of which I discovered on last.fm), but established artists do it as well to promote certain tracks (today I see Nine Inch Nails, Sufjan Stevens, and Broken Social Scene, among others).
It all just goes to prove to the RIAA that the recording industry can succeed with a new business model that involves artists sharing some of their music freely on the Internet, rather than suing the pants off fans who just want to listen to their favorite bands. That’s my take; how about yours?