Nov 072007

If one good thing comes out of the hype about Radiohead’s new album, hopefully it will be a decline in the bleating about how overpriced albums are and how listeners would rather pay the musician direct. Because the experiment has shown that two thirds of the audience would rather have the album for free. Now, there’s little point in judging whether that’s fair or not, but that’s the way it is – and one positive result is that we are now at last seeing some sensible comments being reported in the mass media. The BBC article linked to above quotes Michael Laskow: “Radiohead have been been bankrolled by their former label for the last 15 years… How will new artists be able to use this model if they haven’t built a fan base in the millions?”. At last, pennies are starting to drop. 

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