Nine Inch Nails Uploads Album to Torrent Sites

Nine Inch Nails Uploads Album to Torrent Sites

Nine Inch Nails has released its new album, Ghosts I-IV, online and in a somewhat Radiohead-eque way. You'll recall Radiohead released its In Rainbows album with "you" naming the price. Nine Inch Nails doesn't go quite that far, but it's still the sort of experimentation more bands should be trying with digital distribution becoming more popular.

Nine Inch Nails has just released the first volume of their new album “Ghosts” on BitTorrent sites as a free download. The band encourages its fans to share the album with friends, post it on websites and play it on podcasts.

In the release notes the band writes: “Now that we’re no longer constrained by a record label, we’ve 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.”

The band readily admits keeping volumes 2 - 4 off BitTorrent sites will be tough, as they say in the Torrent release notes: "Undoubtedly you'll be able to find the complete collection on the same torrent network you found this file."  But encourage, don't discourage the band.  This is the sort of thing we want more, not less, bands trying.

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Ahhh! It was radiohead! that's it. I had another post around here on the forum regarding what they did but though it was a dif band...Guess not =P. I really do think dropping record labels is the best way to go. Only for extremely well known bands that is. They could make a lot more if they just sold their albums digitally through their own web site....They'd take in all the profits for themselvse instead of feeding record companies (I HATE THE RIAA!). Although releasing it on bittorrent is a rather bold move...I like the idea NIN trying to break barriers...Let's just see how well it works when they try to sell the other 3 volumes via the net. 

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i wish nin stoped after the fragile i was a big fan now im ashamed that trent went and did a complete 360.  

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