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U2 and Foo Fighters ‘Live’ Music Streaming

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Foo Fighters and U2 are paving the way for ‘Live’ music streaming on the net, at least, for artists who already have an existing (and rather huge) fan base. Tapping on their global base of loyal followers, the Fighters and U2 recently brought their music ‘Live’ to Facebook and YouTube, opening up the potential for others to follow.

Streaming their music ‘Live’ allows fans to enjoy the artists’ concerts as if they were actually there with them. Unless your broadband connection is faulty and you’re streaming 1 pixel at a time, you can actually experience the 21st-century joy of the wonders of being at a rock concert without actually being present at the venue.

AND… it was completely, absolutely free.

While U2 streamed ‘Live’ from the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California, Foo Fighters played straight into the camera from their Studio 606 in Los Angeles.

“Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 – this time U2 can go to them, globally,” states U2 manager Paul McGuinness proudly.

“We are always looking for new ways to connect fans around the world with their favourite artists, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that,” chimes Michele Flannery, YouTube’s music manager. U2’s free-live-streaming move comes at a ripe time as YouTube gears up for the launch of their ambitious music service project titled VEVO.

On the facebook front, Foo Fighters chose a more intimate setting for their first ‘live’ streaming event, that was broadcasted to approximately 11,000 fans.

The Fighter’s official website stated, “Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett will bang out a career-spanning set webcast over both Facebook and Livestream, while allowing fans to comment, make requests and otherwise interact with the band in real time via Facebook and Twitter.”

Comparing the two events, I would have to state that U2’s stint on YouTube ran much smoother, with almost no pauses in streaming caused by buffering. On the other hand, Foo Fighter’s concert on Facebook was much slower, filled with intermittent pauses in buffering, causing severe irritation in user experience.

Thumbs-up for YouTube then, as it sails smoothly ahead in preparation for more ‘Live’ streaming events for its upcoming VEVO project.

Let’s have more ‘Live’ streaming on the net!

Foo Fighter’s concert here: http://www.facebook.com/foofighters
U2’s concert here: http://www.youtube.com/user/U2official

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