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Why Giving Away Free (or Cheap) Music Works

You see, I don’t really like Nine Inch Nails musically. Why? I’ve never really been the “mad at the world” type. Stuff happens, I deal, and move on as best as possible. I’m not saying that Trent Reznor is not talented, in fact I think quite the contrary and find him to be an incredibly talented musician. I just don’t like his music. And a person does not have to like everything. Continue reading

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Nine Inch Nails Gets it Right

There are many arguments on how to release an album on the internet. Radiohead’s In Rainbows album was a success if you ask them but they have not come forward with the numbers yet. Trent Reznor’s NiggyTardust experiment was a moderate success. The album wasn’t flying off the digital shelves but it did sell an impressive number even when a free download was available. You will find debates everywhere from Digg to Slashdot to NIN.com on the proper way to release an album digitally, over the internet, and directly from the artist. Continue reading

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Trent Reznor, NiggyTardust, & the ISP Music Tax

Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) has released the stats from the NiggyTardust experiment. For this experiment, 3 versions of the the Niggy Tardust album were released in a digital format. One in 192kbps, one in 320kbps, and finally a FLAC (loseless) version. For limited time you were able to download the 192kbps for free and you could pay $5 and get any one of the 3 versions of your choice. A great test to see what kind of money could be made from such distribution. Continue reading

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