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Springsteen To Make Concerts Available Online



After hearing backlash about a proposed and expensive USB wristband for downloading live shows, Bruce Springsteen has come up with a plan that will be more to fans' liking.

Starting with the January 26 tour opener in Cape Town, South Africa, Springsteen's performances with the E Street Band will become available within 48 hours online, priced at $9.99 for MP3 and $14.99 for FLAC -- keeping in line with industry standards set by Pearl Jam and Metallica.

This comes after a leak that fans would have to purchase a $40 USB wristband and would only be able to download one concert from the tour, which spurred an Internet petition protesting the policy.

Springsteen -- whose new album, "High Hopes," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 99,000 copies -- plans to make his 17 upcoming shows in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand available, and most likely all future dates -- including the May 3 stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and more North American dates that are expected to be announced soon.

In a recent NPR interview, Springsteen noted that, "The Internet has become our friend. We started out as being very, very controlling. Now it's a different playing field, and it's so exciting."