As I've written in the past, I'm a big fan of record labels offering vinyl versions of new albums and including a free MP3 of the album with purchase. It's the best of both worlds: You get the inarguably superior format of vinyl with the added bonus of being able to listen to it on your computer or iPod.
But this weekend, I purchased a copy of Portishead's Third on vinyl. I dug out the coupon for the free MP3 download and noticed the offer expired. I went to the website anyway (www.portisheaddownload.com) and discovered it was inactive. Obviously, the record came out in April, but it doesn't make sense to me that the MP3 is only offered for a limited time. Seems like bullshit since plenty of people buy records months (hell, decades) after they are released. This is the first record I've purchased where this has happened...but has anyone else found this to be the case with other records? Any label folks or other in-the-know industry types know what's up with this?