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Nine Inch Nails Singer Speaks On Internet Tax

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The Pulse of Radio reports: NINE INCH NAILS mainman Trent Reznor told CNET.com in an interview late last week that he might favor the idea of a tax added to monthly Internet Service Provider (ISP) fees as an income stream for artists whose music is downloaded for free. Reznor explained, "I think if there was an ISP tax of some sort, we can say to the consumer, 'All music is now available and able to be downloaded and put in your car and put in your iPod and put up your ass if you want and it's $5 on your cable bill.'"

Reznor made his comments while discussing the release of "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust" by hip-hop poet SAUL WILLIAMS.

Reznor issued the album as a digital download through his own label, offering a lower-quality copy for free and a higher-quality one for five dollars. He revealed last week that just one in five people paid for the higher-quality version, calling the results "disheartening."

Reznor told CNET.com, "I think if we could wave a magic wand and do it again I think (we would) offer an inexpensive version in addition to a premium physical product that could be shipped out afterward."

NINE INCH NAILS is currently unsigned after Reznor's contract with Interscope Records expired last fall. He said that future NIN albums would probably be released as both a digital and physical product a la RADIOHEAD.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. WiseWiz writes:

Disheartening, really? People aren't going to pay for something they are given for free, even if its of a lesser quality.

# Jan 14, 2008 @ 5:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. What a bitch writes:

Wow just before he was at a concert telling his fans to steal music because of the insane cost. Now he is contradicting himself. Total f***in hipocrite

# Jan 14, 2008 @ 10:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. coldiem writes:

On the contrary, people are not given music for free. They take it for free, which is otherwise known as stealing.

# Jan 14, 2008 @ 11:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. coldiem writes:

Reznor has been pretty outspoken against the greediness of the record companies. I don't think he is being a hypocrite about the matter. I think what he is trying to do is propose a possible solution to the problem. Which is a hell of a lot better than the scare tactics that the RIAA has been using.

# Jan 14, 2008 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Kalis_wrath writes:

f*** you Reznor! Just because I have the internet does not mean I get music for free (or even downlodad music at all) and to add a tax to every ones internet bill (that is high enough might I add) is seriouse profileing if you ask me!! Furtherf***ingmore a$$hole, you make enough money for your music! This pisses me off in a big way! I say NO! Dont get me wrong I believe in paying for ones tunes, in fact I only buy cds and never download. So I am not paying a tax for someone else to download all day.

# Jan 15, 2008 @ 12:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. jared_ writes:

i have to doubt he is serious. I read the actual interview, and it seemed pretty obvious he was just making an offhand comment. Just thinking out loud.

# Jan 15, 2008 @ 3:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. cynsant writes:

Nine Inch Nails is the only musical genius left in the world . It gets no cooller and extraordinary than Trent Reznor. The real thing. The corroded record labels are dying because people are waking up and seeing through their crap. The labels are a modern-version disgiused Hitler telling us what's hot and whats not. Trent is here to save us.-cs

I love Year Zero and Niggy Tardust those 2 are the only great stuff out there

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 9:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Kalis_wrath writes:

^The only thing missing in that post was a blow job! *LOL*

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 9:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. psythe writes:

lol, that was probably your funniest observation yet, Kali :P

# Jan 29, 2008 @ 1:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Kalis_wrath writes:

Why thank you Psythe. *lol* ;)

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