Live Phish Downloads are an extension of the multi-CD Live Phish series launched in October 2001. As with the  LivePhish Series CDs, the downloads and CDs feature complete, unedited, mastered shows from Phish's extensive archives. The download format is a natural progression for the serious collector and the new fan alike, offering an opportunity to listen not only to older shows, but to shows from a current tour very soon after they've happened, mastered directly from the soundboard.