EMI has launched a subsidiary called Abbey Road Live to offer gig-goers the chance to walk out of the venue with a recording of the concert they just attended on their mobile phones. The service has been available previously at gigs, but only on CD-R.
The company will offer fans a choice of formats, including CD, DVD, digital devices, or even a secure digital delivery to your mobile or waiting for you when you get back home. The service will be initially launching in Europe and North America, but progressively rolling out across the rest of the world.
Artists working with the service include Blur, Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, Nick Cave, the Pixies, Goldfrapp, Moby, Status Quo and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. All have sold recordings of gigs through Live Here Now, which was established in 2004 by Mute Records and was a precursor to Abbey Road Live.
But could this breed a new generation of offensive gig goers ruining people's recordings by shouting "Hello mum!" during quiet moments in the set? Only time will tell, let's hope not.