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Alternative group will give away digital version of You Cross My Path starting March 3.
Their attempts to promote and distribute albums online without the backing of a major record company proved the labels do have value.
Musician, filmmaker and spoken-word artist is grateful to give-away promotion for raising his profile and says its too early to draw conclusions.
In an exclusive interview, the Nine Inch Nails front man said his realization that fans think "music should be looked at as free" was a bitter pill to gulp down.
EMI is mulling whether to cut its Artists & Repertoire budget, the unit charged with sniffing out new music talent for the labels. The plan is to spot hot new acts on MySpace and the Web. Sad news for A&R types is that this makes it hard to meet groupies.
Research firm ComScore says that 62 percent of those who downloaded album paid nothing. Even with only a minority paying for the album, a former record industry executive estimates that Radiohead may not have done too badly.
Nine Inch Nails rocker talks to News.com about the future of music on the Internet, about leaving the record labels behind and about convincing performer Saul Williams to give away his latest album.