Just when you thought you’ve seen everything, along comes this: Trent Reznor and Beastie Boys have contributed exclusive music to a service called Twilio SMS, which streams the songs over the phone before sending a download link via text message.
According to Twilio.com, the service was launched during Music Hack Day by Ian Rodgers, who is the CEO of the new music service Beats. Reznor is the Creative Chief at Beats, so that explains his connection.
Currently, Twilio SMS is offering free downloads of two tracks: “And the sky began to scream” from Reznor’s band How to Destroy Angels’ forthcoming LP, Welcome oblivion, and an instrumental version of “Shadrach” by Beastie Boys, found on the Paul’s Boutique 8×7″ Box Set.
Here’s how it works:
When you dial (310) 299-8756, press two and choose what artist you’d like to leave a message for. For Beastie Boys, press one. For Trent Reznor, press two. Once you leave a message, press pound and stay on the line. You’ll then hear the new track you just unlocked. After you hang up, you’ll get a text via Twilio SMS with a link to download the track you just heard.
If you’re doubting the veracity of this, they also have pre-recorded messages from Reznor and Beastie Boys’ Mike D introducing their respective tracks. It’s all pretty wild.
According to Twilio, the service is still a work in progress, and additional tracks will be added soon.