Is free music the key to music industry profits???
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has now one-upped Radiohead in the realm of free online music. While Radiohead provided their music in a downloadable non-DRM package with the option to buy a real packaged physical CD, Reznor has created a package with all the album source materials on data DVD discs as well as slideshows and other neat stuff.
An interesting blog posting on this is available at TechBlorge.
Update. I just received the download email (edited of course):
From:"NIN Store" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I download link
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 07:26:51 -0800
Thank you for your interest in Ghosts I. To download your files, click on the link below. If the link below is not clickable, copy it and paste it into your web browser's address bar.
Note: Your download will be a zip file. The zip file contains all the music, the PDF, and some extra content. If you are using Mac OS X or Windows XP/Vista, just double-click on the zip file once it's downloaded, and it will open the folder with your content. You can also use free "unzipping" software like StuffIt for Mac and WinZip for Windows.
Update March 13, 2008:
The Chicago Tribune reports that Trent Reznor has already made $1.6 Million USD from the download of his album. W00T!
Update March 27, 2008: