Radiohead has come to attention lately for their album “In Rainbows” which they had online where fans could choose how much they wanted to pay for it and download it. Although some music critics said this may be risky, Radiohead is typically well known and Thom Yorke even commented that they made money on it. Also, the songs they released were in mp3 format so they suffered from compression.
Saul Williams did something similiar in releasing his album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!”. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails worked with him on this album and helped finance it. This album is available online for purchase or free. If you decided to download it for free the songs came in 192 kbps mp3s along with album art and liner notes. However if you decided to pay $5 for it you were able to download the album in 320 kbps mp3s and/or FLAC (which is lossless) along with the album art and liner notes.
I’ll admit that this album is my least favorite of his three. I like his self-titled the most and then Amethyst Rock Star. However NiggyTardust is available for free and it might gain him a larger listener base which I believe he deserves.