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Radiohead

Radiohead

Date: Nov 12 2007

Themes: Music, Tech

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It’s like a dream come true. One of the biggest bands in the world makes an album and says you can have it, just pay them however much you’d like. It’s such a far cry from the rest of music industry which is panicked over decreasing CD sales and determined to crack down on file sharing.

But in a changing world, why not try something new if you’re able to? Since forming in 1986, Radiohead has been at the forefront of music, mixing rock and electronic sounds into a style that appeals to a lot of people of different ages. But now, with the release of In Rainbow, they’re leading a coup in the music industry as well. Listen to Jason and Devan talk about it.

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Devan

Devan

Jason:  So I heard they made the last CD today. The last one. They pressed it. They’re not gonna make anymore.

Devan:  More CDs? In general? Period?

Jason:  Nope. No more. They’re done.

Devan:  No way. You’re kidding.

Jason:  Well yeah. But it might as well be the case.

Devan:  Why’s that?

Jason:  Because CDs are over, man. You know what Radiohead did?

Devan:  I heard about that. The new album…

Jason:  Yeah, they released their album online for free…

Devan:  Well, actually…

Jason:  You can pay as much as you want.

Devan:  Yeah, you can pay as much as you want for it. I heard that people are paying an average of $10 for it. But it goes straight to Radiohead because they don’t…it’s not on their label.

Jason:  Wow, they’re probably making so much more money…

Devan:  Seriously. They’re getting all the money for it! It’s crazy.

Jason:  Wow. People are paying an average of $10. Why do you think that is?

Devan:  Because people are insane about Radiohead. They love them.

Jason:  You think it’s just out of loyalty?

Devan:  I think it’s out of loyalty to the band and probably because they think it’s really cool what they’re doing. They’re letting you pay however much you want for it. I think people think that’s how much they deserve to get.

Jason:  I think it’s cool. I heard Trent Reznor is going to do it, and maybe some other people.

Devan:  Really? So do you think this is like the new way of how music is going to be done?

Jason:  Maybe. I don’t know. But I definitely think it’s exciting. It’s cool to have something new happening, at least.

Devan:  Have you heard the new Radiohead album?

Jason:  Yeah, it’s actually really good.

Devan:  Yeah I heard it too. I like it a lot. It’s real good. But I didn’t pay any money for it.

Jason:  I don’t own it, I just heard it. And I liked it. Yeah.

 

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Discussion

Jason jokes with Devan that no more CDs are going to be made. It’s not true, but Devan seems to believe him for a moment. It doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering that record companies are selling fewer and fewer CDs all the time. And considering that Radiohead just offered their new album online for whatever price you want to pay.

Interestingly enough, Radiohead has actually made more money letting their fans choose how much to pay than they would have from a normal CD release because all the money goes straight to them. There is no middle man. Plus, the average amount people have chosen to pay is $10.

Devan thinks that people are paying that much simply because they love the band so much. They also appreciate the risk Radiohead is taking by releasing their album this way and want to support that.

Jason mentions that he’s heard that other artists are planning to release their recordings the same way. He’s not sure if it will catch on, but he likes that bands are trying something new.

How much would you pay your favorite band for their album if they let you choose the price? How do you think music is going to be distributed in the future?

 

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jackerzhou

China

I am a new person so I don't know what are you talking about

12:29 AM Nov 15 2007 |

jackerzhou

China

I am a new person so I don't know what are you talking about

12:29 AM Nov 15 2007 |

jackerzhou

China

I am a new person so I don't know what are you talking about

12:29 AM Nov 15 2007 |

jackerzhou

China

I am a new person so I don't know what are you talking about

12:29 AM Nov 15 2007 |

jackerzhou

China

I am a new person so I don't know what are you talking about

12:29 AM Nov 15 2007 |

jackerzhou

China

I am a new person so I don't know what are you talking about

12:29 AM Nov 15 2007 |

stegee

stegee

United Kingdom

a great band- not listened to the whole album yet so haven’t decided whether to pay or how much!!
i love the word ‘propagandle’ coined by sam yang!! not an english word but it should be- a good example of how english language develops- i will be using this word from now on!! propagandle- a compound verb meaning to handle propaganda!!

07:15 AM Nov 14 2007 |

Cathy.S

China

I like their music very much! My favourite is High And Dry.It's an old song,very nice.

06:42 AM Nov 14 2007 |

chelsea-dove

China

I dont have a clue about the band…

01:10 AM Nov 14 2007 |

Xfin

Italy

wow!

01:05 AM Nov 14 2007 |

dt.mucu

dt.mucu

Turkey

i havn't heart radiohead before .but now i like them i think they are really clever.the tecnology is highly improved today so we download a lot of music which we want on net (limewire is good site for it).i dont like pay any money for buy a cd i think it must be free to buy .music is an art i know but we buy a new cd we listen it only one month so i dont like pay money for it .i think they must earn money from their consert .if they come to give consert i ll pay a lot of money for it.

08:26 PM Nov 13 2007 |

lym19832001

Canada

I had never heard of radiohead. I don't like listening music very much. But in some event, i like the songs of backstreet boys. They have disappeared from the sight of public for a long time. Several days ago I got the information from TV news that they are back again., and had pressed a new album-UNBREABLE. It is some sort of good news to me. Their sound brind me back to the time when I was a fresh man in  colleage. It is really memorable time to me.

03:45 PM Nov 13 2007 |

pondos

Morocco

ihello im imad from morocco i would like to improve my english si if they is sameone want to help me can use my adress msn thanks

03:09 PM Nov 13 2007 |

Steelheart

Indonesia

I insane about music, especially rock band. Usually the rock band from british is very good. I like them. I like the british rock music

08:07 AM Nov 13 2007 |

Beam

Viet Nam

i dotn pay any money for my favorite song, i always heard it on net or my friends bought some copy CDs for me

07:50 AM Nov 13 2007 |

Annas

Syrian Arab Republic

it is good but there is a little notice i want to say
jason spoke so fast and he ate the words (40% from words)

07:30 AM Nov 13 2007 |

Kim Zhang

Kim Zhang

China

i am insane about them.

04:17 AM Nov 13 2007 |

zy72003

China

what school are you in? I like Jacky's songs,i like Lixianglan very much.

03:00 AM Nov 13 2007 |

cedb974

cedb974

Reunion

One of my favourite group..They're amazing ! It's a shame I didn't listen to their last album, probably soon I will…"Ok Computer" is for me one of the gratest album ever recorded, there is all that I love in music in its, all that I love in Radiohead….

Don't trust me, just listen and you'll see ! 

10:19 PM Nov 12 2007 |

panboy

panboy

Panama

i've heard radiohead but they're not my favorite band…. i insane about shakira… shakira shakira… her movements and she… so so oh my god… she came to panama last year and i was at her concert… it was a unbelieve experience… i hope i could go to next concerts here…

08:03 PM Nov 12 2007 |

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