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Sat, 20 Oct 2007

Radiohead "In Rainbows"

[originally posted 2007-10-11]

Radiohead have released their new album "In Rainbows" online, with punters being asked to pay whatever they think is appropriate. Even though I'm not a fan, I'm getting a copy - without the record company mark-up, it'll be cheap enough (I'll pay three quid) to see if it's any good, and then if it is good, I'll pay more for their next release, or go to a gig, or something like that.

Shame that the web site interface is a bit broken - some images don't always load, including those used for form buttons; use of images to display text with no text equivalent; confusing user interface for buying the bloody thing; use of idiotic non-word "pre-order".

OK, so that last one isn't a webby bug, but I see it all over the fucking place and IT MAKES ME WANT TO SET PEOPLE ON FIRE.

Update: meh. It's not musically offensive, but nor is it particularly good. There's certainly nothing original there. I'll probably never choose to listen to it again, but if my iPod randomly picks it for me I won't skip straight past it. Ho hum. Even so, the three quid I paid means that more goes to the band from my purchase than would have done if they were owned by a record company, which is good. And because I downloaded it from them, they had no manufacturing and shipping costs.

Posted at 16:29 by David Cantrell
keywords: music
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But the only reason you have ever heard of Radiohead is because they have, at one point, been with a record company who was willing to risk their money on them before before it was known if they would be successful or not.

The only reason they're able to make this pay-what-you-want download to work is because they're already famous and they've got shed loads of cash to pay for recording themselves (both of which comes from the days when they were with a label).

Posted by Ben on Mon, 22 Oct 2007 at 04:22:33


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