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Musicians Start to Experiment With Free Model

Music follows webcomics again. Here's a good summary from TechDirt of the recent "name your own price" download offer for a Saul Williams album spearheaded by musician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, etc) which follows the earlier one by the band Radiohead. Very similar issues - what's the value of "free"; what's a reasonable expectation of conversion to "purchases" from a "free" offering (which seems very similar to recent discussions at FLEEN about how many and how much a webcomic creator can make based on their fanbase) and just how an independent artist charts his or her own course in this crazy mixed-up world of tubes and dump trucks...