Written by juicebox on May 20, 2008 12:36 pm EST
After bailing on his record label earlier last year, Trent Reznor releases his band, Nine Inch Nails, new album “The Slip” Online via BitTorrent.
Trent Reznor, leadman for Nine Inch Nails has long been known as a vocal artist who was against the RIAA’s war against Peer 2 Peer networks such as those powered on BitTorrent technology. In fact, Trent Reznor was a user of OiNK, one of the largest underground music networks until it was taken down by authorities in 2007, who are still unsure of what laws the site has violated.
You can read the entire story about Trent Reznor on OiNK and his thoughts here: http://blog.wired.com/music/2007/10/trent-reznor-on.html
So in an act of defiance against the Record Industries traditional model, he released his new album on BitTorrent, similar to what Radiohead did a few months back. In addition, this album was also released under a Creative Commons copyright for attribution-noncommerical-share alike. One of the first major artists to move their music to the more open copyright model.
You can get “The Slip” off their website. All you have to do is fill out the short form here: http://dl.nin.com/theslip/signup. After that, you’ll get an e-mail, that will lead you to the download location, which provides you a torrent in several forms for your listening pleasure.
Lastly, for those of you who are quality Buff’s, no worries! Trent has released the album in MP3, Flac, and WAV. You choose which you would like.
I commend Reznor on this release, and hope other like-minded bands will soon move to the model. It’s a good way of changing the idea of music as being a commodity, and back to being Art.
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