Bob Marley's 'Exodus' To Be Rereleased On USB Drive
June 6, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
BOB MARLEY realeased his "Exodus" album in 1977 as a vinyl record, but now the record label has decided to rerelease the album -- not on vinyl, not on CD, but on a USB flash drive. ISLAND RECORDS produced 4,000 of the drives for the rerelease and loaded them with the original 10 songs plus additional tracks and exclusive concert footage of the singer. The drives will cost $44.99.
The label says the price reflects not only the extra content but the fact that the drive can be formatted and reused after the songs are taken off and put on your PC. Last year, the BARENAKED LADIES released their album on USB sticks as well as CDs, and the drives have sold almost 1,000 copies at $25 each.
“Once you upload the music to your computer, you have a piece of hardware,” says ADAM SMITH, who manages artists at the NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP. “If you’re buying a U.S.B. stick, the cost is not so much different to buy it loaded with music from your favorite band.”