And you can have it all. His empire of...well, a lot more than dirt. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor wants to help music fans find new artists to aurally appreciate, as well as enjoy classics, with the new Beats 1 radio program by Apple...
|Despite previous claims, his intent is neither to let you down, nor to make you hurt.|
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According to Rolling Stone, Reznor claimed that other streaming music services left him "feeling lacking", but that he aspired to create a streaming music environment similar to "when radio was good – which maybe it never was – but in my mind, there was a time when it seemed better than it currently is."
Fair enough. Reznor isn't just lending his celebrity to this initiative - he's also offering his artistry.
"When the service goes live, the first thing I've put up is something I couldn't have done or wouldn't have done anywhere else, which is the entire album The Fragile as an instrumental-outtakes compilation that plays like a regular album but sounds very different without my voice in the way. And there's different arrangements to certain songs and oddly that makes for a different, complementary music experience. So that'll be there as soon as you download the app, you'll see that in, on my Connect page."
|That's the face we made when we read about the new Trent tracks.|
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Other artists who will broadcast their own radio spots over the channel include Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Elton John and Dr. Dre. These are just a few of the notable minds contributing to Beats 1's idea of personally "curating" the music to best suit fans' interests. As Reznor explains,
|Sort of like this, but on your phone.|
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This concept, rather than a reliance solely on algorithms, could help navigate fans through a vast library of options to treasurable new tunes. "Anything that makes music more important to people is worth it," Reznor says.
Apple Music launches Beats Radio 1 today, as well as the updated iOS 8.4. Beats Radio 1 is free to all users with an Apple ID. It's the perfect drug.
|Maybe he's reflecting your own madness back onto you until you shriek at the void,|
or maybe he's just promoting an immersive new music service.
Maybe both. We'll see.
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