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Reznor Takes Connecting With Fans Mobile... For Free

from the nice-job dept

While my keynote presentation today at the Mesh Conference does mention Trent Reznor, luckily (for me) it's not the same presentation I did at MidemNet... because, if it was, I'd have to do a last minute update on the presentation to take into account the new iPhone app that Reznor is releasing, which basically takes all of the features from the NIN website, and enables it on the iPhone... and then adds in a neat bit of location-based info so fans can find each other, or know where other fans happen to be. And, oh yeah, despite all the fuss about charging for iPhone apps, he's releasing it for free -- realizing that better enabling fans to connect will only help him further monetize other things later. The overall article is a great read as well, digging deeper into Reznor's experiments, business model and thoughts on the process:
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't think music should be free. But the climate is such that it's impossible for me to change that, because the record labels have established a sense of mistrust. So everything we've tried to do has been from the point of view of, 'What would I want if I were a fan? How would I want to be treated?' Now let's work back from that. Let's find a way for that to make sense and monetize it."
He's making the same point we've been making. It's no longer about whether or not music "should" be free. That doesn't matter any more. For most people it is free. So once you accept that, you start looking for ways to do more with it -- and Reznor is doing much more with it than just about anyone else.

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    Weird Harold, 7 Apr 2009 @ 11:18am

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    Wrong.

    I am saying that Trent can afford to try things that may or may not work. He has sold out concert tours (courtesy of the pushers of shiny plastic discs) such that he has the luxury to test the water and do things without concern for finding income to start with.

    It's sort of like twitter or facebook - with enough VC behind you, finding actual income is secondary to "connecting with an audience".

    Actually, if you look at the quote, it seems that Trent would be happier selling music, and is doing these things not because he thinks the shiny disc market is a bad way to do things, but rather because the price of music has gone to zero because of all the "infringing".

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