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