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"In Rainbows" on Amazon MP3 first, free concert

updated 12:40 am EST, Thu December 27, 2007

In Rainbows on Amazon MP3

Despite earlier suspicions that British band Radiohead would release its new album In Rainbows on the iTunes music store, digital shopping mogul Amazon is first to announce digital distribution of the new album, through its online MP3 store. According to Silicon Alley Insider, the band will be promoting the physical release of the album by streaming a free, hour-long concert featuring music from the CD, which frontman Thom Yorke says is a "wee celebration". Pricing for the album and tracks has been released, but prices typically sit at about 90 to $1 for tracks, while albums sell for around $10.

Radiohead earlier this year offered a "pay what you feel it's worth" approach to selling the album, which netted an average of $2.26 per album download, with two out of five downloaders paying only a penny for In Rainbows.

Earlier this month, Thom Yorke said that one of the biggest barriers to digital distribution of the band's music was due to its previous record deal with EMI - it didn't have any allowances for digital downloads when the multi-album contract was originally signed.



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  1. climacs

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    only $2.26?

    cheap b*******!

  1. danviento

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    Whatever

    If a group is moronic enough to give their music away, then they've learned their lesson after this exercise in ineptitude. On the other hand if you do the math, the other average amount given was $3.70. I've heard some stuff off that album, and i wouldn't even bother with the penny and just not download it. Totally not worth the time wasted listening to it.

  1. frisby

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    Moronic?

    I would have to disagree. They would have made much less if distributed by EMI. This works great for big artist, but not at all for new artists. The album was not up to par with some of their past albums, but hey, the price was right.

  1. Bengt77

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    definitely up to par

    In Rainbows is a great album. Definitely up to par with albums like The Bends and Kid A. Maybe even with OK Computer. Link: .

  1. Bengt77

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    link

    http://tinyurl.com/2q5tjw

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