NIN – Ghosts I (2008), torrent

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor understands where the industry is going. The new music industry is all about flexibility and options. The Nails’ new four-volume instrumental album, Ghosts I-IV, was released Sunday night in digital form, and it was a bit of a sneak attack. The media just caught on to it late yesterday. Last year, Radiohead carved out a place for innovative musical distribution strategies with its high-profile move. And, as expected, Nine Inch Nails has forged ahead too, now that the band has broken from label Interscope (part of Vivendi’s (OTC BB: VIVEF.PK) Universal Music Group).

The album in its entirety was made available at the official NIN website (payment options include PayPal), as well as on (Nasdaq: AMZN), for $5. In addition, fans could get a free version of Ghosts I on the band’s site.

The album will also be available in the spring in other formats including CDs, vinyl editions, and interesting add-ons, at different price points. For example, there will be an ultra-deluxe limited edition version, which will include discs, vinyl, visual material, and an autograph from Reznor himself — this will have a run of just 2,500 copies and will cost $300. (Too late, if you were interested — they’re already sold out.)

The album’s digital versions are available now in MP3 and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Lossless formats, and it goes without saying these will be DRM free so that fans can listen to the album on any device.

Demand for the album crashed the servers Monday night. Reznor cracked on his blog, “We thought we bought enough beer, but too many of you showed up for the party.” Traffic turned out to be more than three times expectations and got heavier throughout the day, finally crashing the site’s servers and requiring maintenance.

In a rather amusing turn of events, Reznor told fans about other options, such as Amazon and — get this — BitTorrent and the “official upload” at Pirate Bay for the free offering of Ghosts I. Giveaways like this are probably giving the traditional recording industry bigwigs, like Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG), Universal, and Sony’s (NYSE: SNE) and Bertelsmann’s Sony BMG, metaphorical heart failure. Pointing fans to the industry’s sworn enemy, Pirate Bay? Well, hoist the Jolly Roger, yarr.

I haven’t heard it all yet, with all new NIN releases I usually take my time to savor the tracks over several weeks of absorption. So far it’s all slow heavy mantras with that epic NIN sound that makes you feel like you’re exiting a ship on an alien terrain. If you’d to hear any:

[track one]
[track two]

other songs should be available there as well. If i get a request I’ll post the mp3s themselves soon.

Upon locating the torrent i was almost tickled to read the torrent description posted by Trent:

Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I (2008)

Hello from Nine Inch Nails.

We\\\’re very proud to present a new collection of instrumental music, Ghosts I-IV. Almost two hours of music recorded over an intense ten week period last fall, Ghosts I-IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.

Now that we\\\’re no longer constrained by a record label, we\\\’ve decided to personally upload Ghosts I, the first of the four volumes, to various torrent sites, because we believe BitTorrent is a revolutionary digital distribution method, and we believe in finding ways to utilize new technologies instead of fighting them.

We encourage you to share the music of Ghosts I with your friends, post it on your website, play it on your podcast, use it for video projects, etc. It\\\’s licensed for all non-commercial use under Creative Commons.

We\\\’ve also made a 40 page PDF book to accompany the album. If you\\\’d like to download it for free, visit

Ghosts I is the first part of the 36 track collection Ghosts I-IV. Undoubtedly you\\\’ll be able to find the complete collection on the same torrent network you found this file, but if you\\\’re interested in the release, we encourage you to check it out at, where the complete Ghosts I-IV is available directly from us in a variety of DRM-free digital formats, including FLAC lossless, for only $5. You can also order it on CD, or as a deluxe package with multitrack audio files, high definition audio on Blu-ray disc, and a large hard-bound book.

We genuinely appreciate your support, and hope you enjoy the new music. Thanks for listening.

NIN – Ghosts I (2008)
File size: 64.22mb


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