Completely Ridiculous Radiohead Music Experiment
Am I alone in thinking these new shock horror reports about Radioheadsâ€™ online music experiment are completely ridiculous?
PaidContent today picked up on a story by Big Champaign, a company which monitors file sharing activity. Mashable then joined in with an article entitled â€œFree wasnâ€™t cheap enough for Radiohead fansâ€ and All things Digital even put up a story about it.
Mashable had this to say on the subject:
â€œFree isnâ€™t cheap enough for us, apparently. When a band like Radiohead comes out with an album, puts it up on a website for us, and gets more press coverage than just about any album release in recent memory, and says â€œHey, pay us for it if you want to,â€œ we still feel the need to â€œsteal itâ€ off Bittorrent.â€
I have no intention of going into the ethics of downloading music, I just found this such a completely pointless report. He continues with this:
â€œIn Rainbows torrent downloads peaked on the first day data was collected, October 27, at 400,000 - what Page and Garland call â€œa bloody big numberâ€. How big? More than double the top torrent through March and May (Panic At The Discoâ€™s Pretty Odd) got in a whole week (ie. 10 times Panicâ€™s daily average).â€
What these reports all seem to forget is that Radiohead is a big band. One of the biggest in the world in fact, but contrast Panic at the Disco is not. Would you expect more people to be interested in Radiohead?
Also most importantly does anyone remember Radioheadâ€™s download serverâ€™s crashing due to the amount of demand? Even when it was operating it sure was pretty damn slow to download the album, how does it not make sense that people would just use Bittorrent to get the album.
Considering Radiohead was giving the album for free, you could say it was even beneficial to download from bittorrent seeing as it would save the bandwidth for Radiohead.
I personally would be extremely hesitant to mouth off and tell article just about sums it up perfectly:
â€œandrew, why donâ€™t you let anyone on the web take your column and post it free, and not get paid by the ft, eitherâ€¦since you love free love and allâ€Advertisement
its not as if everyone out there knew it was available from their website.. they just check where they always check.
also, best of all, this was a great word of mouth PR stunt for radiohead — something which is not quantifiable in a direct manner.
I remember hearing sales for the album were pretty high regardless of the free online release, which says something.
Radiohead can do what it bloody hell wants with its music.
I downloaded it. I’m a Radiohead fan. Have been for years. After years of filling their coffers, it was a good thing.
Yea, it was a good stunt from radiohead.
Reading my article I wasn’t too coherent, but my point was:
Bittorent services are faster and easier then the radiohead website, unless you where going to pay for the album there was no point downloading from the official site.
Also I think one dodgy thing about it all that Radiohead did was not making it clear how they where releasing the whole thing. Some people paid a lot for a crappy download when it was being released in cd form anyway.
The best solution I think is a free 192kbs download. Paid 256kbs + potential discount on the hard copy album when its released.
However one thing people seem to forget is that NO band has become as big as Radiohead or NiN without a music label to begin with. Theyre not ALL bad.
I guess I should have been more explicit in my article – for everyone who doesn’t download via the website and goes to the torrents, it’s one less person exposed to the “pay if you want” form. People downloading from the torrents don’t even have the option to pay if they want.
That’s the point.
>itâ€™s one less person exposed to the â€œpay if you wantâ€ form.
Some people use torrent out of habit. I can imagine person thinkings “hm, they got this out on their site but it’s going to be faster from my favorite tracker” easily.
>People downloading from the torrents donâ€™t even have the option to pay if they want.
They could put it on torrents with whatever description and links.
Some users may have also decided to not pay for the album and picked the faster and hassle free way of downloading the album.
Yea exactly guy…