May 10, 2008

Free Stuff

Free - it's the best price. Or is it? Few days pass without my voicemail having a couple of "unbelievable offers" on it. Telemarketing is a multi-billion dollar industry, so I'm not holding hope that will subside.

"Nothing is free" is the old saying. If it's too good to be true, it is. That's why we have created a cynical society. We don't believe the hype.

Downloading has been going on for more than a decade.

Bono once said to me "music is the art all aspire to". It was in reference to attending a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony where CEO’s were weeping as they saw their “heroes” on stage.

I once knew a guy who was a VP at a bank who thought it was cool that I got to meet rock stars. The dude was makin' close to seven figures, but wanted to hear all about my Green Day interview.

Music is magic. Music is part of our souls. But those who make it deserve to be rewarded for their gift.

But many artists have embraced the new reality. Examples this week are Coldplay, The Offspring and Nine Inch Nails. Coldplay & The Offspring have a new singles from their forthcoming albums available for free download on their site. And Trent has taken it one step further. His new album "The Slip" is yours for the taking. That's right, FREE! No gimmicks.

Go to the NiN Slip download site and follow the instructions.

Enjoy :-)


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