It would seem that Nine Inch Nail’s experiment with a free album download and paid options is seriously paying off within days of the album being made available. According to Trent Reznor, the $300 limited edition has sold out of its limited 2500 copies. and the album has already made $750,000.
The build up for South by South West is well under way with torrents showing up with all the sample material provided by the show casing artists. I’d recommend keeping an eye on the SWSW site as podcasts of some of the conferences presentations can be released as some of them can be very interesting rather than just record company rhetoric.
One day I’ll get a chance to go.
I have to admit having been a little unconvinced by social networking sites, they seem to only offer a poor man’s version of a web presence, photo sharing that pails besides Flickr, blogging that can’t touch WordPress et al. So my MySpace presence is only because I use MSN Messenger and it gives me a chance to create more links back to my own site – verging on anti-google-bashing. I picked up on LinkedIn purely because it provides a professional presence (something that some may suggest my domain name might not provide).
Then I signed up to Facebook, more out of curiosity, and a bit more more anti-google-bashing. But the provision of the APIs has made a world of difference. I can integrate my Flickr and LinkedIn profiles along with a dozen other best of bread solutions.