July 26, 2012 | By Alison Dame-Boyle

Announcing the Humble Music Bundle!

Humble Bundle is back with another great pay-what-you-want, DRM-free bundle — and this time it’s for music.

As with previous bundles, the Humble Music Bundle offers fans the chance to get great deals while supporting artists directly and demonstrating that innovative distribution models can work. Plus, you can choose to send a percentage of your purchase to Child’s Play Charity, an organization providing technology and games to children in hospitals, and to us here at EFF to protect your online rights.

From now until Thursday, August 9th, you can pay whatever you’d like to receive the following albums, described by Humble Bundle as:     

They Might Be Giants' rarities compilation Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
• an exclusive release from the leading geek folksman, Jonathan Coulton's Greatest Hit (Plus 13 Other Songs)
• nerdcore godfather MC Frontalot's exclusive compilation Favoritism
• composer Christopher Tin's GRAMMY award-winning Calling All Dawns
• celebrated game composer Hitoshi Sakimoto's Best of the Valkyria Chronicles

And, if you pay more than the average price at the time of your visit, you will also receive OK Go's Twelve Remixes of Four Songs, featuring cuts from their 2010 album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky as well as remixes from Ra Ra Riot, Passion Pit, Static Revenger, and more.

All of the albums are DRM-free and can be downloaded as MP3s and/or FLACs, meaning you can play them anytime, anywhere, on any device that supports MP3 or FLAC audio formats. Awesome sauce.

We're excited to see how this new venture goes. Past support from Humble Bundle has helped EFF take down copyright trolls, highlight civil liberties issues worldwide, advocate for free speech and privacy protections online, and marshal millions of supporters to stop SOPA in its tracks. More importantly, the success of creative distribution models like this can show the music industry that new technologies don't necessarily mean new threats. Fans, when given the right opportunities, will support the content they want without having to be sued, surveilled, or censored into following the rules. We’ve written before about why Humble Bundle has been good for both creators and consumers, and think this music bundle will operate similarly.

All of us here at EFF would like to sincerely thank Humble Bundle and the fantastic musicians who made this bundle possible, and the generous fans who will make it a success. So go get your bundle and support indie artists and EFF!


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