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Radiohead’s In Rainbows produces mixed results

The results are in for Radiohead’s In Rainbows experiment, and they are decidedly mixed. While some websites are crying failure because most copies of the album were downloaded for free, a more balanced view finds that Radiohead cleared about three million from the downloads, and still holds the rights for traditional CD sales. The effects of In Rainbows are going to felt for a long time to come. Whether or not free downloading is the wave of the future in music distribution, Radiohead has proven that the internet is a viable avenue to release an album and divorced their music from the record company system. The only thing that remains to be seen is which artist will make this the only option for purchasing their albums. There are also many types of recording that would lend themselves to the pay optional download. Artist approved live albums spring to mind…