A month after the release of their latest studio album Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation), the band have teamed up with the file sharing platform to release a promotional bundle with the songs Untitled (Love Song), Like Teenage Gravity, Hospital, and Meet On The Ledge.
The download, which also includes high-resolution album artwork and liner notes from lead singer Adam Duritz, is available to BitTorrent's 150 million users and will be bundled with all new downloads of the uTorrent client.
Talking to TorrentFreak, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz explains why he decided to share the band's music for free:
"I've been a big proponent of giving songs away for a long time, I can dwell on the negatives, but I don't want to miss out on the fact that there's 150 million people who I can give songs to. You either treat it as just a money drain, like the record companies do. Or you can treat it as it actually is, which is a conduit, meaning it runs both ways.
"Record business was never all that great for bands. It was always a 99 percent failure rate of bands. Even if you did do well, record labels took 80 percent of your revenue and locked up your rights. And they are completely incompetent.
"On the Internet dependent bands can survive. Perhaps they don't become megastars, but at least they can survive and thrive. And there's a lot of great music out there right now.
"It's a no brainer to me and now that we're an independent band we don't have to listen to a bunch of idiots who tell us what we should or shouldn't do. We can have smart people or we can trust ourselves," he added.
"Giving songs away will draw people to the record, it will also draw people to the tour that's coming up. Those are pretty big things. The fact that you can give something to that many people is not a small thing.
"As an artist it's what you've been wanting to do all along, which is to get your music to people.
"I believe in the future of the music business, just not the record labels," he concluded.
Source: TorrentFreak .