49:00 (styled 49:00... Of Your
Time Life) is a 2008 album by Paul Westerberg. The album was originally slated for a release on July 19, 2008 (marketed as "June 49"), but digital distribution problems delayed its release until July 21.
The album is a single track that was sold on Amazon.com's Amazon MP3 service for 49 U.S. cents. According to Westerberg's manager, Darren Hill, the 49-cent price was initially a joke suggested by Westerberg: fans would pay "a penny a minute." Hill then shopped the idea to various retailers; Amazon was the only one willing to distribute the album for the 49 cent price. The album was later listed on Tunecore for worldwide distribution, as Amazon MP3 limits purchases to customers in the United States. The long sound collage is intended to mirror the experience of tuning a radio dial, with songs abruptly cutting off and starting.
49:00 has no track listing - fans attempted to separate songs and name them . Westerberg played all of the instruments himself. The project was finished on July 14, 2008, was delivered by Westerberg to Hill on the following day; it was available via Amazon on July 21, 2008 and hit #1 on the Amazon sales chart.
49:00 was deleted from TuneCore on July 29, 2008 and Amazon two days later. Westerberg has received no official explanation for the album's removal from either service. Celia Hirschman of KCRW explained that the sudden removal might have been due to cease and desist notices sent to music sellers. Westerberg confirmed this, saying, "Ten publishers came after us immediately 'cause I used all these snippets of songs that I recorded. It was either pay up or pull the thing."
In 2014, 49:00 and 5:05 were posted to Westerberg's Soundcloud account with the comment, "I tried to release this in 2008 and had a lot of problems. That being said I hope you enjoy it."