I ran across, today, some recent interviews with Trent Reznor and Saul Williams, concerning the distribution of Saul's 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust' album, produced by Trent. Saul sounds pretty jovial about it all and optimistic about the future of this album. Trent, on the other hand, is a bit more disappointed. I guess he'd hoped, reasonably so, that more than 1 in 5 people would pay for the album.
I've been a Nine Inch Nails fan for quite a while now. So when I read the news about the work with Saul Williams on Niggy Tardust, I decided to give the album a try. I assumed it would be fairly different from what I generally listen to, but that's ok. And hopefully my participation would help the next NiN album come out in a similar manner? So I did the free download (that's what it's for, right? trying things out?), and have listened to the album many times since. I'd been planning on going back and buying the $5 version online, and these recent interviews were the push I apparently needed. I would have happily paid more. Perhaps, in the future, let the user specify how much to pay? Maybe set a minimum if you want, that's fine. I know I could go and order it again, and just not download it, but I don't really have any motivation to.
So, if you are looking for something new to listen to, I do encourage you to check out the album. Though it is no longer free, $5 is still a great price for a whole new cd worth of music. It sounded, from the interviews, like a cd is forthcoming, as well as a larger marketing campaign.