Nine Inch Nails is currently offering their latest album, The Slip, for download for the amazing price of free. That’s right. Taking it a step further than Radiohead with their pay whatever you want model, NIN is not asking for anything. Well, that’s not completely true. They do ask for your email address, but that’s not much to ask. I know that each and every one of you have a dummy spam-as-you-like email accounts set up just for occasions like this. After you put in your email address, you’ll be sent a link to download the album in four lovely formats:
- High-quality MP3 (87MB)
- FLAC (259MB)
- M4A Apple Lossless (263MB)
- Wave24/96 (1.2GB)
I’m almost at awe that they are releasing their work in such high quality for free. I mean, it’s brilliant. We all know that the artist doesn’t make that much revenue from CD sales. That’s mostly going to the record labels. They even state on their site that they encourage you to remix it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc. And in case you are wondering, all formats for download are 100% DRM free. I think other artists should take a cue. Their business model is totally working. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of NIN. I love The Downward Spiral. I bought a few of their other albums. I haven’t really listened to them since With Teeth. Now, I just downloaded their latest album, which I will give it a good listen tomorrow and I also wrote a nice long post about it.
Go download their album if you have any interest in NIN. I fully support their move.