Fanlaunch is a service for funding the release of digital content. This unique platform allows consumers to find new music, books, software, and films and then download them under a license that allows sharing. In turn this develops a fan base which follows the creator. They then hold a fundraiser to release newer content and once the goal is reached it is given away under a creative commons license. When you contribute you can get perks (t-shirt, poster, CD, etc.) that you receive once the content is release. Then the cycle starts over; the next person comes along and can get the just release song for free.
It is an interesting model to support the things you like while discovering new ones for free. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.