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According to Rollingstone.com, Courtney Love has made over 50 MP3 downloads available on her band's Web site, www.holemusic.com. The downloads include tracks as recent as the band's cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue," from "The Crow" soundtrack to early tracks like "Teenage Whore," from the band's first album, "Pretty On The Inside." Also available is an MP3 file of Kurt Cobain singing along with Love on the bridge to "Asking For It," from "Live Through This." Gee, just typing the words "hole" and "download" in one story makes us feel dirty… Internet streaming king MCY.com is bringing back Paul McCartney's December 1999 concert at Liverpool's Cavern Club. The event, which was originally cybercast live by MCY.com, will be available for free through the site tomorrow (6/30) and on July 1, 5, 8, 15, 20 and 24, as well as on Aug. 4 and 10. The show at the Cavern Club was McCartney's first time back in the club since The Beatles last performed there in August 1963. The Beatles were a famous boy band before the Internet; McCartney was the cute one… In related news, MCY.com will be the exclusive Webcaster of Ozzfest 2000. The tour begins July 2 in West Palm Beach, FL, and winds up in Los Angeles on Sept. 3. The footage will be shot during the San Bernardino, CA, tour stop on Sept. 2 and will be available on the site later in the fall. Downloads of the concert will be free, with the exception of signing your immortal soul over to Satan… Paid download plans from the major labels are a response to technology such as Napster, said former Universal Studios Chairman Frank Biondi Jr. "[The labels] have a legitimate concern and have been semi-paralyzed on what to do," Biondi said. "They've solved it with downloads, but Napster can't be ignored or destroyed. It's an incredible search engine, and there's a large core of Internet users out there that think free is the right price." Biondi made the comments in his keynote speech Wednesday (6/28) at eMediatainment World in Los Angeles. The conference—whose name is the most ridiculously clunky blending of buzz words—ends tomorrow (6/30)… Online music network ARTISTdirect plans next month to add streaming audio channels developed in tandem with RadioWave.com. The genre-specific programming expands ARTISTdirect's multimedia content, which includes video channels for artists such as Beck, NSYNC and Korn, and gives lower-echelon record label employees one more place to waste time online… Internet portal Yahoo officially released the Yahoo! Player, a streaming media player that plays streamed and downloaded MP3 files as well as CDs. You know what they say, the Internet's got branded media players like Betty Crocker's got cakes… The unsinkable MP3.com launched a new subscription channel program for artists. While specifics such as cost and content have yet to be hammered out, the company has put in place the framework over which artists—or "content providers"—can create and manage on-demand subscription channels. "Our digital subscription program is an integral component of a three-tiered system that is designed to encourage potential revenue generation online," said MP3.com Chairman/CEO michael robertson',390,400);">michael robertson',390,400);">Michael Robertson. "Of course, the first tier is the ‘Please Stop Suing Us' tier."… Online music company LoudENERGY has hit the Web, promising to pay signed and unsigned artists alike 100% of the profits from CDs sold at the site. Punk bands Social Distortion and Bad Religion are among the first to enlist for the non-exclusive service. LoudENERGY buys CDs by affiliated artists from distributor Valley Media and resells them on its site. LoudENERGY also solicits unsigned acts to upload music for consideration by a number of producers aligned with the site, including Andy Gill (Gang of Four, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Mother Love Bone) and Neil Kernon (Peter Gabriel, Queensryche). The company hopes to generate revenue from merchandise sponsorship links at its site and, therefore, has apparently not been paying much attention to who's making money, and how, on the Net lately.