Holy shit, this is ridiculous. Offsite hard drives, fingerprint scans — Billboard explains how the Throne carried out its “strike against Internet piracy disguised as a gesture of egalitarianism.”
To combat pre-release piracy, Kilhoffer, Grammy Award-winner for West’s Graduation and John Legend’s Get Lifted, claims that all sessions were saved offsite to hard drives in Goldstein’s locked Pelican briefcase over the course of nine months. “Everywhere we went in hotels, we were locking hard drives and Noah took them with him,” says Kilhoffer, who now travels with external memory units that can only be accessed by biometric fingerprints.
The technology, which Kilhoffer implements while traveling on West’s current European tour, takes a live scan of one’s finger to serve as key to access protected material. For less than $100, devices such as the Eikon Digital Privacy Manager and Zvetco Fingerprint Reader measure the finger’s ridges and valleys with conductor plates, transmitting imprints through a USB cord to safeguard hard drive contents. While on the road, Kilhoffer and Dean are the sole gatekeepers to unlock the digital safes.
Justifies one Roc Nation exec: “That was really the driving force of it, to create that nostalgic moment of unwrapping the CD and listening to it for the first time.” [*that nostalgic moment of clicking your mouse on iTunes]
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