Sunday September 19, 2010

Boiling down The Social Network soundtrack

On Friday, as predicted, the blank space on The Null Corporation website became occupied with the cover art for The Social Network Soundtrack, and when you clicked through, you found your way to a free download of the five-track sampler, several pre-order options, news about even cheaper pre-order options through Amazon, and the full tracklist. There's really no need to rehash what it says there, just visit the website yourself.

In a surprise to everyone involved, for the first hour or so, if you downloaded the sampler just by submitting an email address, you were given a download that was much larger than the same five-track sampler you'd get if you'd pre-ordered a CD, BluRay, or vinyl. It turned out that the freebie sampler was initially distributed in the rather obscure, but backwards compatible MP3HD format, wherein each MP3 file contained a lossy MP3 that various devices could playback, and a lossless audio file that you can play with a Winamp plugin, or a crappy proprietary player. This was quickly rectified, and the regular MP3 download took the place of the MP3HD download.

The internet never forgets though, 150+mb MP3HD download is available on Dropbox courtesy ihatecrayons. Get while the getting is good.

And finally, a sixth song from the soundtrack (the opening track) can be heard on The official website for The Social Network - Originally, the background for the site was a version of "Hand Covers Bruise" with no piano, but this weekend, the track got changed out with the piano version.