Leo records, best known for documenting the underground jazz scene of the Soviet Union, now distributes its catalog through the subscription download service Emusic. Last year, Leo started offering made-to-order Mp3 collections of their out-of-print records, so it was only a matter of time before they embraced online distribution for their entire catalog. With recordings that include classic discs by Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, and Cecil Taylor, Leo would probably not appeal to the average iTunes customer. Emusic, though, already offered extensive holdings of both mainstream and avant-garde jazz.
Some people believed that Napster fulfilled the potential of the internet: something that most people wanted and could easily obtain, was now available for free. For me, services like Emusic are more promising: something that very few people want and is almost impossible to find, can now easily be had.
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