While the jury is still out on how successful Radiohead’s experiment in internet album distribution has been, that isn’t stopping other big name artists from following in their footsteps. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame has announced that he will be releasing the new Saul Williams album via the net.
Although the distribution model is similar in nature, there are a couple of noticeable differences. Unlike Radiohead’s model of “pay whatever you want,” the only options in this case are $5 or free. For those who pay, they get high quality MP3 files while the freeloaders get lesser quality MP3s (which all in all isn’t a bad deal assuming you don’t care about the sound quality).
Trent Reznor is acting as producer on Saul Williams’ new album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, which will also be his first foray into self distribution. Fans can go online to sign up to download the album on the November 1st release date.