The iLike application will stream 'Accelerate'
Users of the application will be able to preview the album and share the link with friends from March 24, nearly a week before the album is officially released on March 31.
This is the first time a major act has previewed their music through the iLike medium.
Speaking to Billboard.com about their reasons for embracing the application, the band’s singer Michael Stipe said: “I think you can either go with it or sit back and watch it happen, and I would rather be out on the field than in the bleachers.”
iLike is also available as a dedicated website and as a sidebar for iTunes.