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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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trolming

trolming

Taiwan

in a musical magazine(Q-Magazine),radiohead's third album(ok computer) was evaluated the No.1 album of 100 best in the whole 20 century. in fact, many people can't accept this kind of alternative music with some nervousness. but to another many people, they're the greatest band in the world.i love(ok computer)very much,but i can't accept this new album a little bit.

06:43 PM Nov 12 2007 |

sadd

Qatar

i dont hear about thats band but i will tray to take

her news later

05:55 PM Nov 12 2007 |

FurriFish

FurriFish

Russian Federation

So,as for me, I think if you realy like groop or musician,who makes your favorite music, you'll pay for  CD all money…Maybe, it isn't very clever,but music is art & we have to pay for it, couse we can't do (not all) music ourselves =)

05:25 PM Nov 12 2007 |

africanqueen

Somalia

well i didnt heard about them before but now i want listen to them to see why people love them that much. hey any one knows where i can find this pan i mean website? its was cool lesson Smile.

05:24 PM Nov 12 2007 |

zxb_945

zxb_945

China

I will remember it

04:31 PM Nov 12 2007 |

ong_hocksoon2002

Malaysia

i don't know too.

04:12 PM Nov 12 2007 |

lental17

North Korea

I cant listen to the streaming audio since a few days ago

why is that 

04:05 PM Nov 12 2007 |

thanhcat

Viet Nam

i neve listen it.Can you help me>Thank a lot

04:02 PM Nov 12 2007 |

id_teddy

id_teddy

Macao

cool

03:31 PM Nov 12 2007 |

Nst

Nst

Russian Federation

I’ve heard about it! It’s nonsense for music industry!:) I hope they will be succeed!) I will be a fan of this;)

02:48 PM Nov 12 2007 |

Christoph07

Germany

Radiohead makes good music and this way to release the music is really cool. Its a wonderful dream for every consumer, that this way to sell music would be normally and it will be a nightmare for music-industries. Tongue out 

02:22 PM Nov 12 2007 |

fjoan

fjoan

China

Maybe Rediohead is a popular group in USA,so I wasn't familar with them.But they sale album on the line and if someone isinterested in it,pay as much for it.I think it's great,the new way for realeasing and distribution.Cool.

If I meet the lovely popular group on line,I'll also listen to it and obtain the album for paying more money.

01:19 PM Nov 12 2007 |

abdeeq

abdeeq

Somalia

i think it’s cool

01:15 PM Nov 12 2007 |

icingblue813

China

I will go to check out "Radiohead".And I think it's really cool to use this way to release their new album,I don't think it can  work out here in china.

01:11 PM Nov 12 2007 |

raji_20

India

its really great band

12:42 PM Nov 12 2007 |

Nyima

Gambia

I want to be your friend, what do you say about that.

11:11 AM Nov 12 2007 |

sam yang

China

I have never heard the music from him.
Maybe he try a new way to propagandle his music

10:06 AM Nov 12 2007 |

fayesmiling

China

hey man, don't be angry.  Radiohead is also one of my favorite british band.

Glad to have you here, who loves them too.

09:40 AM Nov 12 2007 |

fayesmiling

China

Radiohead,one of the greatest band of Britpop, is one of my favorite bands.
I heard the new album, it very nice.

09:36 AM Nov 12 2007 |

Wait For Tomorrow

China

difficult

09:31 AM Nov 12 2007 |

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