Following Radiohead's success/failure (depending on your statistical source) with In Rainbows, Trent Reznor has chosen to distribute the latest Nine Inch Nails album online, in varying forms for varying prices. The album appeared on the site for the first time on Sunday and has brought so much attention that excessive traffic crashed the site yesterday.
The album, Ghosts I-IV, features 36 instrumental tracks. For fans of NIN, there are five download options that await you:
- Free - Without paying a single cent, you can download the first 9 tracks of the album, DRM free.
- $5 - For one Abraham Lincoln piece of paper you get all 36 DRM-free tracks, as well as a 40-page PDF.
- $10 - For a ten-spot, you get everything in the $5 set, two audio CDs, and a booklet.
- $75 - For a more intense fan, the $75 package gets you everything from the $10 edition, on top of a data and Blu-Ray DVD, containing multi-track .wav versions of all the songs to allow for easy remixing on your computer.
- $300 - For the hardcore NIN fans out there is the $300 "Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition Package", containing everything in the other packages, as well as two numbered prints signed by Reznor and even a copy of the album on vinyl.
The release of Ghosts I-IV is clearly trying to build structure onto the foundation laid by Harvey Danger (with the release of Little by Little in 2005) and then, more publicly by Radiohead with In Rainbows last year. What do you think? What version of the album would you go for?
NIN.com: Ghosts I-IV