I thought this was pretty cool.
Practice What You Preach: Nine Inch Nails Gives Away New Album
Its not like we doubted him, but Trent Reznor really meant it when he said that he hates the way the music industry operates and that he encourages sharing of his music on the internet. Nine Inch Nails have put up the first volume of their album Ghosts on torrent sites, under a creative commons license. If you want the whole package of the multi volume album (36 tracks!), though, you can go over to NiNs official site and download it for 5 bucks. You can also order a 2xCD box set for a mere 10 bucks, deluxe limited edition package for 70 bucks, and you can get an ultra-deluxe limited edition package for $300.
Let me just stop here for a second and say that personally, I havent listened to NiN much since the Downward Spiral phase, but if theres one album Im gonna buy this year (I usually go to concerts and buy t-shirts, as I feel the band profits more directly from this; I have quite a collection), its going to be this one. Finally, you get good value for your money, and you get a fantastic number of options which cater to every pocket. Im sure that fans will realize this and get the option they can afford, be it free, or the ultra-deluxe one.
Heres what the band has to say about BitTorrent: Now that were no longer constrained by a record label, weve decided to personally upload Ghosts I, the first of the four volumes, to various torrent sites, because we believe BitTorrent is a revolutionary digital distribution method, and we believe in finding ways to utilize new technologies instead of fighting them.
I couldnt have said it better.