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New Saul Williams album sold Radiohead-style, but done RIGHT
Fuchal
post Oct 25 2007, 21:48
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Trent Reznor just announced the new Saul Williams album, and it's being distributed Radiohead-style. But this time, it's done right.

From http://niggytardust.com :

You will first be asked to enter your e-mail address. This is where you will receive the download link when the album becomes available on November 1.

If you choose to pay for the record, your download will be available in the following formats:

192Kbps MP3
320Kbps MP3
FLAC lossless audio

If you choose not to pay for the record, you will receive it in 192Kbps MP3 format.

All versions include a PDF with artwork and lyrics

All files are 100% DRM free, and can be played on any device. MP3s are encoded with LAME v3.97 and love.
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jcoalson
post Oct 27 2007, 00:44
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don't know if this deserves it's own thread yet but trent reznor is doing a similar thing, but with 192kbps or 320kpbs mp3, or flac:
http://www.aversion.com/news/news_article.cfm?news_id=9575
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Ron Jones
post Oct 27 2007, 00:51
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Can't complain too much about that. 192kbps LAME 3.97 MP3 for those who pay nothing for Saul's new album, and the a variety of options for those who do. Reznor "leaked" one of the tracks, titled Break, at 320kbps, and it isn't half-bad.

It's great to see FLAC becoming a viable mainstream format.

EDIT: Just took a look at Break with EncSpot Pro. The file is LAME 3.97 quality "58" -- that's 320 CBR, joint stereo, lowpass at 20.5 kHz. WaveLab detects 10 clips at default detection settings, and my eyes detect a bevy of clipped samples sad.gif
EDIT: Removed redundant information after post was relocated.

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