Weed is a WMA software license, developed by Seattle-based Shared Media Licensing (SML), that allows people to download full, high-quality audio (the technology can also be applied to video) tracks they're interested in and play them up to three times before being prompted to purchase them for about a dollar. However, unlike tracks downloaded from current online services, users are able to burn their music to unlimited number of CDs, transfer them to compatible devices, and can even stream the files over a home network without a problem.
But here's the best part: SML's backend technology compensates artists 50% of all revenue and buyers can resell their tracks and earn a 20% commission! What better incentive can you give music fans to spread the word, and at the same time leverage their bandwidth to distribute your music files? What's more, Weed isn't just a one way street for professional music labels. If you are a musician, you can become a “Weed artist” and encode your music tracks with Weed and have all your music ready to sell online in matter of minutes.