27 Mar

Elvis Costello’s New Album on Vinyl Only. NIN Gives You Options

That’s right, Elvis Costello is releasing his new album “Momofuku” only on vinyl album. If you buy the album, you will get a code so you can download it on MP3. There will be no CD release for this.

Is this a hint of the direction of formats?

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (NIN) has already experimented with something like this. Reznor dropped his record label, and released his new album on his website. Although he had the album available on CD, it was also on vinyl and MP3. You could download the first 9 tracks on MP3 for free, or pay $5 and buy all 36 tracks with a PDF booklet. You could buy the double CD set for $10, or 2 CD’s a DVD and a blu-ray for $75. The ultimate package though, you could choose to pay over $300 for the vinyl set. This set includes everything else plus two books of photos, and prints, and four 180 gram vinyl records.

Oh, and all the MP3’s are DRM free. In many different formats too, such as FLAC and Apple Lossless.

While everyone said that this wouldn’t work, Reznor pulled in over $1.6 million the very first week. The Ultimate Vinyl package is completely sold out. Had he stayed with the record company, he would not have seen most of that money.

True artists are doing things differently. The true artists are passionate about their music, and they want to share it with us, and for us to be as passionate about it as they are. They not only want us to be happy, they want us to experience what they are feeling, what they are thinking, their music.

What better way to express your music than on vinyl.

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