Brad Serling, the creator of the famous live downloads site nugs.net, and more recently a partner with Phish in LivePhish.com, is a young entrepreneur to watch, and I must admit it, admire. He’s a Cornell grad, dot com techee, and live music aficionado. He’s provided music-on-the-web consulting to The Dead and many other prominent bands. He’s also doing what I do with Leftover Cheese, except on a much larger scale. Where I get about 2000 listeners a month, his streaming audience, according to reports, tops 50,000 a month. nugs.net also presents dedicated streams of live Phish and live Cheese, exclusively. That is, the bands are working in concert with nugs.net, letting Serling and crew handle the digital distribution of their intellectual property. And why not? Bands make music. Fans and geeks are only too happy to package and distribute it for them. Makes sense to me.
Check this USA Today article on Serling and LivePhish dot com.
Or this in-depth discussion on technology at Jambands.com.