- May 15, 1999
According to a CNet News.com story:
In what may be a first for a major-label recording artist, Maverick Records and Vivendi Universal's online division are asking listeners to pay just under a dollar for an unprotected MP3 version of a new single.
The companies put the track, a dance version of "Earth" by Meshell Ndegeocello, online Thursday on sites run by Vivendi Universal Net USA, including MP3.com RollingStone.com GetMusic.com and MP4.comWhile it is just a baby step in the right direction (away from time limited/copy protected/etc...), it is a good move, in my opinion. I'm not too excited about the artist, but this is clearly an experiment by the label, and I'm willing to give'em a buck to try steer them away from formats with a copy protection scheme.