Nation and just announced a partnership to sell digital downloads from concerts at various . Eliot from Wired’s Epicenter blog has a bit more info on the new offerings, which also include concert video as well as audio:

The new section represents another breakthrough in the promising area of digital , which has been hampered by complicated rights even as other forms of proliferate legally online… Nation recorded the shows at over 80 of its , “which have been transformed into next-generation ‘wired’ live recording studios” according to the announcement. will sell these recordings exclusively through …. (iTunes link) also lists ’s more extensive live archive, including recordings by , , , , , , and others…It also includes concert videos. had already racked up video exclusives of shows by It Might Get Loud, , and other bands, selling them in iTunes a week before they were available on .

While I don’t think this is really a game-changer or that big a breakthrough, expanding the live offerings at the largest online music retailer is pretty big news and generally a good for all of us fanatics.

The news above comes only a few weeks after EMI announced a live/digital initiative called “Abbey Road Live”, which will be an Instant Live-style service for to purchase live recordings immediately after a concert:

Headquartered at Abbey Road Studios in , Abbey Road Live will provide a service that enable concertgoers to purchase live recordings just minutes after a show they’ve just attended. The recordings will be available in a variety of formats, including CD, , USB or through digital delivery…Abbey Road Live will initially launch this week in North America and , according to a news release from EMI. The new company expands on Live Here , which was started by Mute Records. Live Here produced instant live recordings for artists as , , , the , Goldfrapp and , among others.

Although many of us have grown accustomed to having easy and consistent access to live recordings from many of our favorite bands, it’s easy to forgot that so many other great bands don’t have tapers at every show or an ongoing live downloads service. As more bands turn to live as a way to earn additional revenue, it seems only natural that we’ll continue to see more of these services being rolled out.

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