Nine Inch Nails Releases Their Latest Album Totally Free

May 6th, 2008 at 12:00 am

the slip nine inch nails

Radiohead, the first high profile band to successfully sell their album online where buyers would literally name their price for the album.  Their album In Rainbows, set the standard for non-traditional distribution of a big band’s album.

Stepping after Radiohead’s great example, Nine Inch Nails also tried the gimmick.  they released their first album Ghosts I-IV on their website offering the first nine tracks for free, $5 for the whole digital album and $10-$300 for disc sets.   The album according to Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor raised $1.6 million in a week.

So now as a thank you to their fans, Nine Inch Nails released  another album, The Slip, absolutely free!  The Slip is available from Nine Inch Nails’ Web site in a number of DRM-free formats: MP3, FLAC, M4A, and WAVE. The band is also streaming the album on music social network iLike. reports that NIN also encourages the album to be duplicated.  "With his [Reznor] band’s latest release, he hopes to be light years ahead in "openness." Not only is The Slip free, it’s been released under a Creative Commons license, specifically the "attribution noncommercial share alike license." Fans are encouraged to share the music, blog it, "remix" it, and use it in audio and video projects."