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RADIOHEAD DOWNLOAD: BOO, HOORAY!

Thomcrop Radiohead have conceded that the web site set up to administrate purchasing of the mp3 version of their In Rainbows album has experienced serious glitches on account of the volume of traffic. Meanwhile, debate rages as to whether the band’s commercial gambit is a blow struck for artist independence or another slap in the face for struggling non-mega-rock-stars.

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The following statement appeared on Radiohead’s web site www.radiohead.com/deadairspace/ late yesterday, attributed to guitarist Jonny Greenwood: “Just to let you know, Mel called to say that w.a.s.t.e are working on the current gear-grinding at inrainbows.com… It’s getting busy in there - busier than they expected.

“So if you please bear with us, it should get cleared out soon. I sound like a bouncer. Get behind the rope. No denim. Thanks for your patience with the site + interest in the record.”

So if like me you’ve so far failed to pre-order the download and are beginning to wonder if there’s a secret minimum price (the only MOJO writer successful so far paid £11.99; another MOJO associate found his purchase had defaulted to £5.49), you’re advised to give it another go today.

Meanwhile the reaction from the music industry to Radiohead’s latest wheeze was broadly positive, using the logic that any kind of excitement drummed up around the release of some recorded music must surely be a good thing. However, a pretty warm debate can be found on the Guardian’s music blogs page, where a certain amount of Radiohead-bashing occurs. Best point? What if you want to pay neither £40 for a flashy box with extra vinyl nor peanuts for a download, but a sensible £15 for the two CDs of music?

But perhaps the best article about the innovation’s long term implications to emerge so far is by MOJO’s old friend Jay Babcock, blogging at Yahoo! Music. To précis: it’s all very well for established stars like Radiohead to give music away for free, but how does the continuing devaluation of recorded music impact on the smaller band and music culture generally?

Your thoughts gratefully received.

Posted by Danny Eccleston at 01:33PM | Categories: News