Live Music Recordings Come To iTunes, Broke Fans Rejoice

Ah, live music. Is there anything better? Maybe a nice new triple-GPU setup, or possibly a sweet slate of Core i7, but other than that, we're thinking live music has the edge. Unfortunately, attending your favorite concerts has become synonymous with going broke, but the same folks responsible for jacking the prices are now making it easier than ever to experience your favorite artists up close...but not in the way you might expect.

Live Nation has teamed up with artists, labels and iTunes in order to produce and promote a new section that features live music recordings. The service is currently live on iTunes, though only about 20 artists are featured at the moment. The section will expand to tout musicians such as Ziggy Marley and Jesse McCartney, with prices for the live shows starting at around $7.99.

We're told that Live Nation has struck licensing deals for publishing the live performances with both record labels and artists, but it's still unclear who exactly is signed on. Honestly, we love this idea. How often have you been to a great performance, only to come home and wish there were some magical way to get a recording from that very night? We highly doubt they'll record every single concert from every single night, but even getting a live recording of a similar setlist from the same tour would be awesome for most. Would you be willing to take the plunge here? Particularly if the recording quality was up to snuff?