Nine Inch Nails Gives Away New Album Online
Trent Reznor and his conspirators in Nine Inch Nails are hard at work trying to destroy the music industry as we know it. Following a year in which Reznor told his fans to steal his music and then produced an album for Saul Williams that he gave away for free, the dark Prince (as in Prince, the artist, not Satan) has cobbled together a new album of material and is offering the first installment of it as a free download.
Unlike the Radiohead free album experiment of last year, Reznor is covering all his bases. The first part of 'Ghosts I-IV' is available as a free download both from the official NIN page and via torrents (file-sharing networks) uploaded by the band themselves to popular sites such as Pirate Bay. The band encourages fans to share the album via peer-to-peer (P2P) methods such as Bit Torrent, on Web sites, and in podcasts.
If you don't mind throwing a little cash the band's way, you can get all four volumes in a variety of DRM-less formats -- including the lossless FLAC format that audiophiles love -- for only $5. And if you absolutely must have a physical copy, then you can shell out $10 for the two-CD version, which is quite a steal compared to other two-CD special editions. For the truly fanatical, check out the $75 or $300 deluxe editions that include data DVDs, hardbound fabric booklets, Blu-ray videos, and, in the case of the more expensive version, limited-edition prints of album art signed by Reznor himself.
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