Major Labels Hawking Affordable Music? What?

Dan Gibson / June 17, 2008

xandy.jpgBetween their ubiquitous iTunes ad and their promotional appearances on nearly every media outlet imaginable, you could be forgiven for being sick of Coldplay by now. However, if you’re the sort who enjoys a bargain but is too lazy to fire up BitTorrent, a different piece of the Coldplay catalog is on deep discount each day this week at Amazon MP3, and the promotion starts today, with X&Y selling for $1.99. While I haven’t had much use for the Amazon digital store in the past, the company’s new initiative to get people to try it out is admirable, with five albums each Friday available for five bucks. (This Friday’s cheap offerings include the quite decent Plant/Krauss collaboration Raising Sand.) The deals are actually inspiring a few people to plunk down a few dollars too; Weezer’s Pinkerton jumped into the digital top 50 last week thanks in part to Amazon offering it for $1.99. [Amazon]