Music bundles are nothing new, but when you combine them with a charitable cause and the ability to name your own price for the music you get, the idea becomes much more appealing (And fellow LockerGnome writer Eddie Ringle has written about his experiences with this concept before).

Enter the Humble Music Bundle, the first music collection made possible through Humble Bundle for charity. This bundle allows you to pick up six albums from geeky artists like Jonathan Coulton, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Christopher Tin, They Might be Giants, MC Frontalot, and OK Go. These aren’t no-name independent artists attempting to make a name for themselves; these are musicians who have achieved a remarkable level of success in their own genres. The one thing everyone involved in this bundle has in common is that they are all generally recognized and followed by the geek world.

Here are the albums you’ll receive with the Humble Music Bundle.

  • MC Frontalot — Favoritism
  • They Might Be Giants — Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
  • Christopher Tin — Calling All Dawns
  • Hitoshi Sakimoto — Best of the Valkyria Chronicles
  • Jonathan Coulton — Greatest Hit (Plus 13 Other Songs)

If you beat the running average (which, at the time of this writing, is $8.15), you also receive OK Go‘s Twelve Remixes of Four Songs compilation. This is a pretty impressive haul for a price you get to choose. Whether you want to pick the collection up for one dollar or 500 dollars, you can do so.

This music is also completely DRM free and available in MP3 and FLAC formats.

Choose How to Divide Your Contribution

Humble Music Bundle Brings Geeky Music to the Masses for CharityOne of the things that impresses me most about the Humble Bundle model in general is how you are able to customize exactly how your contribution is divided between the artists, charity, or the Humble service itself. Your contributions help all three of these bodies that are part of making these bundles possible.

Humble Bundle, Inc. makes it possible to host the files and start future bundles as they become available. You can opt to cut Humble out of your contribution, but I’d expect a lot of users out there want to see more of these as time progresses.

Artists also get a cut of the action, but only if you feel your contribution should go to them. You can opt to put 100% of your donation to the artists if you prefer, which helps them make more music for you to enjoy.

At the root of Humble Bundle is a good cause. In most bundles, a number of charitable causes are decided upon to support through the name-your-price sales. In this bundle, you can opt to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child’s Play, or both of them with a portion (or sum) of your contribution. What makes this fundraiser so cool is that the choice is entirely yours. You know exactly where your pennies are going.

Final Thoughts

Humble Music Bundle Brings Geeky Music to the Masses for CharityHumble Bundles are a great way to get your hands on a bunch of software and/or music in one shot. You don’t have to break the bank to do so, either. If you can offer more for what you’re receiving, that money can go directly to the artists you want to support, the charities you want to back, and even the very organization that makes it possible to get these excellent deals.

At the time of this article writing, the Humble Music Bundle has raised over $200,000. Linux users have donated an average $12.07 for the bundle while Windows and OS X users are averaging $7.33 and $9.52, respectively.

Perhaps you can step in and help your operating system take the lead in greatest average donation. If anything, you’ll get five or six decent albums to listen to out of it and the good feeling that comes with supporting artists, charities, and name-your-price music.