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Radiohead's <i>In Rainbows</i> produces mixed results

The results are in for Radiohead's In Rainbows experiment, and they are decidedly mixed. While some websites are crying failure because most copies of the album were downloaded for free, a more balanced view finds that Radiohead cleared about three million from the downloads, and still holds the rights for traditional CD sales. The effects of In Rainbows are going to felt for a long time to come. Whether or not free downloading is the wave of the future in music distribution, Radiohead has proven that the internet is a viable avenue to release an album and divorced their music from the record company system. The only thing that remains to be seen is which artist will make this the only option for purchasing their albums. There are also many types of recording that would lend themselves to the pay optional download. Artist approved live albums spring to mind...
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Free mixtapes by hip hop artists have been around for a while now. The only thing that was added by Radiohead was the ability to "pay for it if you want."The desire to pay for something is only found within certain fans of the band and of the genre. Depending on the band and the genre, you can easily find bands making nothing on an album that could quite well be amazing. Would Lil' Wayne see $3 Mill for Da Drought 4 if he used this music economic system?Radiohead is overrated (OMGZ!! FREE CD!? RADIOHEAD IZ REVOLUTIONARY!1!).




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