radiohead, who is currently not on a label, is going to try something different with the release of their next album on october 10th.
you get to choose how much you pay. from 0-?, you make the call. the album will only be available for the first few weeks by download and will be able to be played on all digital players.
this is pretty interesting to me. sales of music is allegedly slumping. but, people download, legally mind you, more and more music each day. yes, there still are people out there illegally downloading music. but i would venture that people still buy more music than they get for free.
radiohead knows you want their music, and are making it available to you. i'm not sure how much i'll pay. i really like radiohead. i wish i was in a band that people would compare to radiohead. but, the offer of something for free...may be too much to pass up initially. especially if i do this, "The band will also offer a special edition boxed set for 40 pounds ($82) which will be available later and will include two vinyl albums, a CD version of the new album and a second CD with additional new songs, artwork and photographs of the band." i know, $80 is a lot of $, but you're getting so much. and i like vinyl. so, if i order that, i'm cool getting the digital version for free initially.