Sep 18th, 2007 // 8 Comments

Ok-Computer_32A974BE.jpgIf you absolutely, 100-percent have to have a legal digital copy of a given Radiohead album, you can now get it from U.K. download service 7digital, which has begun selling their albums after the band infamously turned down iTunes’ inviation. On the other hand, if you just want to bump “Paranoid Android” on your next playlist/mixtape, you’re still better off pirating it because the single-track-spurning band doesn’t want your dirty .99 anyway. [Listening Post via Coolfer]

  1. Chris Molanphy

    Pop quiz: What do Britney Spears and Radiohead have in common?

    Answer: They’ve both been out of the game since 2003, when each released her/their last studio album.

    Followup: What are they about to learn the hard way?

    Answer: The post-iTunes music world is a cold, cruel, let-the-people-have-what-they-want place.

  2. Halfwit

    @dennisobell: I think Radiohead is in a MUCH better position to face the realities of the “new music industry” than Britney is. They’re without a label, looking to release their newest album independently (and, in all likelihood, digitally), and they have a dedicated fan base who will actually pay money for albums that they may already own (see: Pink Floyd)

  3. Maura Johnston

    @dennisobell: Zing!

  4. Ned Raggett

    Lock any Radiohead thread from here on in.

  5. Chris Molanphy

    @Halfwit: So by that rationale, I guess if the new, all-digital Radiohead are serious about this “the album, and nothing but the album” strategy, they’ll release their new opus as one long, Lovesexy-like track. Right?

    ‘Cuz that’s what the “dedicated fan base” wants: the whole album. They don’t want to rip just one or two songs to their iPhone or put a favorite track on a mixtape, do they?

    Or maybe even the rabid fan is human, has evolved since 2003, and likes to have control over his favorite Radiohead songs, just like everybody else.

  6. pantsonfireliarliar

    @Halfwit: Not only that, they’ve played shows since then and have played their new songs for audiences already.

    And well…Thom Yorke’s fat belly wasn’t hanging out on MTV the other night.

  7. bedofnails

    Yet Thom humped the shit out of his solo album on Itunes.

  8. Halfwit

    @dennisobell: Granted, Radiohead fans love to mix and match like everyone else. However, Radiohead fans are more likely to PURCHASE the album in a single block than Britney fans, who would definitely seek to find the 2 or 3 “real” singles before ever thinking of spilling for the entire album (surprising facts concerning the falsehod of Britney as a “singles” artist aside).

    I put “There There” in my mixes, but I still bought “Hail to the Thief” the day it dropped.

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