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Trent Reznor’s April Fools Joke

April 2, 2009

NIN Strobelight

In case you missed it, yesterday Trent Reznor released a full length album produced by Timbaland.

Amongst the more impressive tracks were; Everybody’s doing it (featuring chris martin, jay-z AND bono), Pussygrinder (featuring sheryl crow), and Even closer (featuring justin timberlake and maynard james keenan). You could have bought this impressive album for $18.98 plus a $10 digital delivery convenience fee. What a deal!

Obviously this was an epic April fools joke, but the sad truth is that it is very close to what many major labels are doing. And with the advent of variable iTunes pricing, the labels are once again screwing the fans. Squeezing every last drop out of the tiny fraction of people who still choose to pay for music.

It regularly boggles my mind that in this decade, the labels have not found a solution to the piracy problem. Paying for music has become a joke as has the record industry. Not only because their business model has been decimated, but because they have not had the foresight to come together and solve their problem in any meaningful and long lasting way. Its literally been 10 years since Napster and nothing has changed. Nothing.

So kudos to Mr. Reznor for once again being a tech savvy bastard and pointing out the ridiculousness of the situation. He didn’t even need April fools as a pretense, he could have done this any day of the year and it still would have the same hilarity. We don’t need a cure, we need a final solution.

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  1. April 2, 2009 10:48 pm

    I laughed so hard when I saw this. Maynard and Justin Timberlake on a track together? Hilarious.

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