The iTunes Music Store has achieved another first (for the iTunes Music Store): streaming a full album to listeners. Beginning yesterday, users can stream Red Hot Chili Peppers' new album I'm With You in its entirety for free. The album doesn't go on sale until August 30th, but one song is available for sale now and users can also pre-order the entire album.
It's cool that Apple (and the Red Hot Chili Peppers) are allowing users to stream the album in full, but as I write this I can see why Apple might not think iTunes music streaming is ready for prime time. I'm getting a ton of buffering errors. That of course could be due to everyone trying to stream the only album you can from iTunes. Also the stream is one long stream of the entire album -- you can't skips around to individual songs, which is kind of limiting. But then again, it is free music. No word on how long the stream will be up, but it's reasonable to assume that it will be taken down once the album goes on sale on August 30th.