I learned about a music label this week called Magnantune that lets anyone listen to their entire catalog before buying. You can listen to any track from any of their artists online. Granted, it’s a streaming file, rather than a straight download, but it’s a hell of a lot more than the other labels offer. Magnatune also has per-genre streaming radio stations for you internet radio junkies, as well as podcasts.
These guys really seem to get it: free streaming of all tracks, everything licensed under Creative Commons, free licenses for podcasters/videocasters, and all purchased albums are available to the buyer as unrestricted MP3 files with a license to share the music with up to three people. Oh, and the music is pretty good, too! Good stuff, guys.