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New Byrne/Eno album spurns iTunes

Direct download before CD or iTunes release

David Byrne and Brian Eno’s new album ‘Everything That Happens Will Happen Today’ has been released as a digital download months before any plans to release it as a physical CD or download from Apple’s iTunes Music Store.

Byrne and Eno previously worked together on the ground-breaking ‘My Life In A Bush Of Ghosts’ album in 1981, and on three Talking Heads albums: ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ (1978); ‘Fear of Music’ (1979); and ‘Remain in Light’ (1980).

Former Talking Heads singer David Byrne explains: “The album is available exclusively from this website. You can stream all of the songs for free and purchase it in a variety of digital and physical formats, including a limited edition Deluxe Package designed by Sagmeister Inc. All formats can be downloaded immediately and physical CDs will be shipped in the Fall.”

“Brian Eno and I recently finished our first collaboration in about 30 years. For the most part, Brian did the music and I wrote some tunes, words and sang. It's familiar but completely new as well. We're pretty excited,” said Byrne.

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The download is a high-quality 320kbps MP3 with no DRM (digital rights management). The digital copies of the album are also available in high-resolution FLAC format, the fastest and most widely supported lossless audio codec. The FLAC format is for "experienced users" and requires additional software.

[What is FLAC? FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, an audio format similar to MP3 but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favourite player (or your car or home stereo) just like you would an MP3 file.]

This move follows Radiohead’s innovative release of its ‘In Rainbows’ album. Radiohead initially allowed fans to name their own price for its latest album. The album was later released as a CD and via Apple’s iTunes.

(True Story: Thom Yorke and co named their band ‘Radiohead’ after the Talking Heads song "Radio Head" from the 1986 album ‘True Stories’.”)

You can listen to the whole album right here:

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