On May 5th, nin.com was updated with the title [[Halo numbers|Halo 27]] and a link to [[theslip.nin.com]] with the message:
"(thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one’s on me) "
The album site requires a password to be submitted where the link to the download page can be sent to. The site itself states:
"as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free, exclusively via nin.com. "< br> "we encourage you to remix it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc. "
[[Multitracks]] for the songs were then posted for download from [[remix.nin.com]]
According to a [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/20818072/nin_release_free_album_online Rolling Stone article], the album was finished May 4th and sent to Sudjam, the company that manages nin.com, at 9:30 p.m. for a midnight release.
In a [[nin.com]] update on June 26th, 2008, it was reported that since the album's release on May 5th, 2008, over 1,400,000 people had downloaded ''The Slip'' from theslip.nin.com. That number represents individual people, and excludes multiple downloads from the same order.
== Relation to Year Zero ==