Yes, I know. Fanboy. Still willing to thrash to vertebral incapacity to 'Head Like a Hole'. Mobile 'phon-tography' and 'Qik'-ing my way through 'Lights in the Sky'. Fine.
Harbringers of 'MP3 sales cannibalizing album sales' doom: Ghosts I-IV, available through '08 as a free download was also the year's best selling album.
The 'Music Industry' got kneecapped, outflanked, outfoxed, outdistributed. But Musicians may well be back.
Hell - I'm going to have to add NIN as a tag on this site, the way Reznor keeps racking up the firsts.
[Nod to Chris Anderson via Phillip Torrone]