Need a reminder that the Internet has changed the economics of music?
Nine Inch Nails‘ Creative Commons licensed Ghosts I-IV, which was released as a free download, is ranked the best selling MP3 album of 2008 on Amazon’s MP3 store.
Despite the fact that you could download Ghosts legally from file-sharing networks, and despite the fact that you could copy the album and share it with your friends, people, in droves, purchased the release at Amazon.
I’ll be very surprised if more artists don’t try to reproduce NIN’s success in 2009.
What do you think this means for artists that don’t have the high profile of Trent Reznor and NIN?