Here’s a reprint of a blog entry from CNET. I’m fan of NIN and I personally plan to buy whatever music Trent puts out there that I like. I’ve never had a problem with paying for digital content so long as it’s decently priced and the artist gets most of the money. If people don’t want to pay money for music, believe me, the artists will figure out how to make some money, which means that artists will resort to subjecting fans to advertising subsidies — which may or may not be a good thing for the quality of music. Anyhow, I really see this type of approach as returning control of music back to the artists and the fans, where it should have been all along.
How will this affect music though? Will this get rid of the “album” as we know it now that artists no longer have to come up with 30+ minutes of music at a time? Will this bring back the era of the “single”? Could we possibly get better, more creative music now that artists don’t have to obey the corporate marketing machine? Will the radio stations finally play more than the same 20 songs over and over again?! How fast will this revolution happen? I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.